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Maui Mike
August 17th, 2008, 04:43 PM
If you could win one, and only one Olympic event, what would your choice be?

For me it would probably be the Marathon.

August 17th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Mike, you are one tough dude. I'd be very happy to just win the 1500. :D

Maui Mike
August 17th, 2008, 05:16 PM
Mike, you are one tough dude. I'd be very happy to just win the 1500. :D

It's just talk and dreaming, no training or pain involved.

But we must be turning into a nation of wussies as I can get no interest in a proposed Over-60 rugby league.

August 17th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Probably either the 200, 400, or 800 free.

August 17th, 2008, 08:26 PM
My 5 year old asked when they were gonna race the "100 ladybug." That is now my favorite Olympic (non) event.

August 17th, 2008, 08:41 PM
100 Free... because you'd be swimming the individual race plus the free relay and probably anchor the medley.


Non swimming - long track speedskating!!!!!!

August 17th, 2008, 08:45 PM
The 200 Fly, as long as I didn't have to actually train for it! :D

August 17th, 2008, 10:24 PM
If you could win one, and only one Olympic event, what would your choice be?

For me it would probably be the Marathon.

I've gotta agree with you. Imagine being the lead runner, to enter a stadium filled with 90,000 people all screaming for you...

Allen Stark
August 23rd, 2008, 02:56 PM
100 BR!!!!!!:banana::banana::banana:

August 23rd, 2008, 03:00 PM
syncro swimming. Love watching it but have horrible breath control.

August 23rd, 2008, 05:07 PM
absolutely the marathon.. the marathon is the ultimate sport where even if u are dominating the race after 90% of the way, nothing is guaranteed... if u hit the wall, you hit the wall... and there is nothing you can do about it

it is the ultimate test of human will power.. just as hard physically as mentally, and to run into that stadium.. and see those fans who are only there to see one lap around the track. That is all they see, but they are all there for you.. I couldnt imagine that feeling.

When you win a sprint event, or any event that deals with scores or judges, you often dont know you won untill its all done, or maybe even after you are done and you have to wait and see how others have done....

but when you win a marathon, you run into the stadium and you have basically a victory lap and 90,000 people cheer for you.. gotta be the best feeling ever

August 23rd, 2008, 05:40 PM
200 IM

August 23rd, 2008, 09:59 PM
If you could win one, and only one Olympic event, what would your choice be?

For me it would probably be the Marathon.

At first I thought you meant which swimming event. For me, that would be the 10k. Someday I'd like to do a 10k; I'm shooting for a 5k next year. The longest I've done so far is 2.6 miles.

As for any event at all, winning the decathlon or the modern pentathlon would be pretty cool because of the versatility and conditioning you'd have to have to do so.

Jazz Hands
August 23rd, 2008, 10:09 PM
50 free.

August 23rd, 2008, 10:44 PM
Men's Basketball......cause I'd already be a multi multi millionaire win or lose! :D

August 23rd, 2008, 11:01 PM
400 IM

August 24th, 2008, 01:08 PM
50 free. Being the fastest swimmer -literally- has a lot of appeal.

Thrashing Slug
August 28th, 2008, 02:34 PM
I agree about the Marathon. That has to be the greatest feeling, running into the stadium with all those people cheering. I watched Wanjiru win it for Kenya this year, and he was amazing. sub 5 minute pace for the whole thing, and then he full-on sprinted the last 200 yards.

But, back to reality... I don't think I would actually enjoy completing the full marathon. My event of choice, if I could win any event, would be the Triathlon. I would enjoy winning that race tactically, by drafting a little on the swim, picking some people off on the bike, and then passing the last few with a final all-out sprint at the end of the run.

August 28th, 2008, 02:37 PM
Downhill (alpine skiing)

August 28th, 2008, 02:41 PM
for swimming it would have to be the 200 back.
for any other event (summer or winter), i'd have to say biathlon...

August 28th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Modern Pentathlon - no questions asked. Besides, I don't think an American has ever won the gold in it - so, it would be super cool!!

August 28th, 2008, 02:59 PM
I have to agree with the Marathon. I still remember Frank Shorter's entrance into the stadium.

I used to run (back in the '70s and '80s) but only did 10K's and 5-milers. Never fast, but enjoyed the challenge of PB.

A few years ago I was diagnosed with type-II diabetes. started exercising again but can't run (I'm REALLY slow now!) so I started walking, found walker-friendly local marathon, and in February 2003 I completed the 26.2 miles in 6:59 (yeah, 6 Hours:59 minutes). Felt good to do it. I will not be doing another!!

August 28th, 2008, 03:03 PM
[QUOTE=Maui Mike;148139]If you could win one, and only one Olympic event, what would your choice be?

200 fly

August 28th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Fastest man in water - 50 Free baby, splash and dash.

Leonard Jansen
August 28th, 2008, 03:24 PM
1) 50k racewalk.
2) 20k racewalk.
3) 50k cross country ski (if we are counting winter Olympics)
4) 10k Open water swim
5) Marathon


August 28th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Anything that uses a stop watch (requiring hundreth of a second resolution), not judged, except of course weightlifting. I wouldn't want someone to have to decide if I should win.

The Fortress
August 28th, 2008, 10:10 PM
1. marathon
2. triathlon
3. 100 fly
4. uneven bars
5. 3 meter springboard

August 28th, 2008, 11:24 PM
I'd like to win the gold on the parallel bars with my father in the stands (he competed on the parallel bars - as I did in college), then go over to the swim venue and win the 400 free.

August 29th, 2008, 02:29 PM
200 Breast - LCM is the best time for some of us vertically challenged folks to hang with the long tall swimmer types. My first coach was Terry Gathercole who coached many talented swimmers in the breaststroke, and put up with me.