Gilfix: Top 10 Easiest Olympic Sports
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Gilfix: Top 10 Easiest Olympic Sports

Dear reader, have you ever dreamt of Olympic glory? After extensive research, I have compiled a list of the easiest Olympic sports ordered from easy to extremely easy. Capitalize on this opportunity to be a national hero before the International Olympic Committee wakes up and realizes these sports still exist! There’s something for everyone. No skill, strength, or athleticism required!

10. Hockey

Hockey is nothing but an easier, simpler, colder version of soccer. The games are shorter, the field/rink is smaller, and rather than running, players just glide across the ice on their skates. In soccer, players play for most of the match, but hockey players play for just one to two minutes at a time, before they come off the ice needing a break.

The NHL’s average shot-goal ratio is usually around 9 percent, which means shoot away, but expect to miss. Then hope for a lucky deflection that slides the puck past the goaltender, whose size is just about doubled thanks to his or her ridiculously large pads. Where hockey does differ from soccer, and just about every other sport, is that each game has three periods. Those pesky Canadians just had to have THREE periods, not the standard two halves or four quarters. Given hockey’s unwillingness to conform, perhaps it may be a wise choice for the hipsters among us.

9. Snowboarding

Not really sure how this sport works, but if it’s anything like waterboarding, the US should dominate.

8. Soccer

What’s that? You feel a slight breeze running through your hair? Time to fall over! In soccer, you are rewarded for losing your balance with free kicks and penalties. Those involved in theatre will fall in love with what the misguided refer to as the “beautiful game.” The more dramatic the flops, the better! Soccer is the perfect sport for actors and actresses who are looking for something a bit more competitive. The “world’s game” does not come without its flaws, unfortunately.

Like some of the other sports on this list, soccer is just plain boring. Who wants to sit through a 90 minute game to see just two or three goals scored, or even worse, the match declared a tie? If that isn’t bad enough, just when you think its over, they add a seemingly random amount of time to the clock, which counts up instead of down for some reason. Still, if you have patience, you and your compatriots could be crowned Olympic champions.

Bonus: If the drama and panache of soccer is your thing, you can be a multi-sport medalist! The IOC has been kind enough to include two near carbon copies of soccer: platform and springboard diving. At the 2012 London Olympics, the gold medalists in men’s and women’s soccer (USA and Mexico) also earned seven diving medals (USA: four; Mexico: three). Coincidence? I think not.

7. Rowing

Are you lazy? Looking for a chance to call yourself an athlete? Come out for crew! There aren’t many sports in which you can sit down while playing. To name a couple: cycling and rodeo (until you fall off). I wouldn’t exactly consider those strenuous. Nonetheless, rowing isn’t for the faint of heart. The water is often at a mildly unpleasant temperature and occasional splashing may keep all but the most dedicated away from the sport. If you are not afraid of a little water, you should have no problem coming away with a medal in 2016.

6. Equestrian

If the sitting down element of rowing appeals to you, equestrian offers this and much more! In addition to sitting, you get an animal to play the sport for you!

5. Table Tennis

Photo Courtesy of Xinhuanet.com.
Photo Courtesy of Xinhuanet.com.

Enjoy tennis? Too much work to run around? This is the sport for you. With a table just five feet wide, seldom is it necessary to lift your feet off the ground. Guitar Hero players will find themselves right at home as reflexes are the only tangible skill required. Table tennis does require a strong cardiovascular system, however, as players are required to stand for the entirety of a match. It will be the survival of the fittest at the Rio De Janeiro games in 2016, where the finalists will have to grind through as many as six matches in only six days.

4. Ski Jumping

Ski jumping is essentially the Winter Olympics equivalent of the high jump, without the difficult jumping part. Instead, a hill builds your speed up to 80 miles per hour, and then shoots you off to float in the air for a few seconds as you travel over 200 feet. Then the chairlift brings you back to the top and you let the hill do all the work again!

3. Indoor Volleyball

Struggle with responsibility? Like blaming others? In volleyball, you have five other teammates in the small 12-meter x 9-meter area to share the blame for your mistakes. Few team sports have this many players per square meter, so you can forget about accountability.

If hitting the ball over the net is too difficult, do not fret. All you need to do is make contact and your teammates can take care of the rest. It’s almost as if volleyball acknowledges its inferiority by allowing players three tries to hit it onto the other side of the court, whereas virtually all other net sports (tennis, table tennis, and badminton) allow just one chance.

2. Distance Running

Just about every sport involves running. Can you put one foot in front of the other? Congrats! You’ve made the cross country team! There is virtually no skill involved in this “sport.” While running may be a great way to get in shape and evade the cops, how do runners get enjoyment out of running around in circles at moderately fast speeds? Nevertheless, this is a very real Olympic sport, with 24 men’s, and 23 women’s events to take your pick from in all of track and field.

Consider this: Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang recently set the world record in the marathon, running 26.2 miles at an average pace of 4:42 per mile. Impressive, until you realize that over 500 high school freshman ran faster miles than that in the last year alone.

Photo Courtesy of Markus Schreiber.
Photo Courtesy of Markus Schreiber.

Bonus: There is an event called the “race walk.” That’s right, you can win an Olympic medal for walking. Be careful though. If the judges deem that your toe leaves the ground before the opposite heel lands, you will receive a red card. Three red cards and you’re out! Considering the average time for the 50km race walk at the 2012 Olympics was just under four hours, I’m not sure an early disqualification is really the worst thing that could happen.

1. Alpine Skiing

Enjoy traveling at fast speeds but don’t want to work to attain them? Strap on some skis and find your nearest hill! If alpine doesn’t become discontinued from the Olympics like tug of war and croquet, there’s no reason the sport can’t give you a lifetime of gold. I have no qualms with downhill skiing. It looks quite fun to slide down the slopes at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. You know what else is fast and fun? Rollercoaster rides. But we don’t go around pretending that they are a sport. So grab your gear and head to Sochi this winter, where you can attain fame, and a G-Force up to four times your body weight as you fly down the Caucasus Mountains.

Photo Courtesy of Robert F. Bukaty.
Photo Courtesy of Robert F. Bukaty.
Honorable mention: Curling

Curling earns an honorable mention due to a severe lack of competitors. Minnesota is just about the only place in the U.S where you can find serious curling, and the estimated number of non-Canadian curling players is smaller than the population of Anchorage, Alaska. Despite small numbers, it would be an insult to put curling in the top 10 given the combination of speed, strength, endurance, and skill needed to be a successful curler.

Dishonorable Mention: Football

Football is so awful it can’t even get into the Olympics. Yikes!

November 15, 2013

75 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Gilfix: Top 10 Easiest Olympic Sports”

  1. Seriously indoor volleyball is one of the hardest sports to play. Clearly you just haven’t played it yet. If you don’t think risking your body to get a ball up is hard and yes you have teammates but that’s what makes the sport difficult you have to learn to adjust to each payer each season. Also you don’t know how many scars and bruises I get from volleyball. So maybe you should do some research and get updated

    • OMG, I saw volleyball as one and just laughed. Like are you serious, this person is just dumb and wrong. Why is volleyball so underrated.

      • I completely agree with you. The author of this article is dumb and probably supper unathletic, so is taking his anger out on actual hard sports like volleyball.

    • Um… I’m an equestrian, and it is not only one of the most dangerous sports you can do, but it is freaking hard! The horse does not do all the work, your going at about 20 miles per hour jumping over 6 foot fences on an animal that if 1200 Ib! And if that’s not enough they have a mind of there own and can kill you in a matter of seconds…

      • SAME!!!! When I saw it on this list I was like ARE U KIDDING ME???? I have trouble just getting over a ten jump course at 2’. 😂😂

      • Horseback riding is actually the hardest Olympic sport, so whoever the crap wrote this article should’ve done some research. All of these sports are hard, and I’m saying that having not played a lot of them. Also, the writer of this was not only incorrect about all of these, but also extremely disrespectful. if you’re going to write this without doing any research, then use some respect and think about all of the people who will read this and who play some of these sports.

  2. I disagree with the soccer part its a lot that is a lot that is put into soccer i wonder have you played all of these before.

      • This guy has no idea how to play any of these sports. The facts are hyperbolic and incorrect, and this isn’t in any way informational, but just ridiculing sports.

        • obviously they don’t know what there talking about if they have played the sport they probably wouldn’t say that about it.

          soccer is much more than running around after a ball some people are men’t for it and some aren’t they just have to face it if they tried this sport and thought it was just chasing a ball then why did they even tryout for it

  3. Okay, horseback riding is hard. You can’t “just sit there”, and the horse doesn’t do the work for you. Obviously, you have not actually tried to ride a horse before, and no, pony rides don’t count. You have to actually work to do this sport. Its not easy, it’s extremely hard to work with a horse that is more than twice your size and more than three times your weight. Honestly, I would like to see you try this “easy sport”.

  4. You have obviously never done rowing. I have and it is so painful you’re probably to weak to handle it. We also do it in the rain and snow there is no condition that we don’t sit through. It is a full body workout and I promise you if you tried it your opinion would change. Also I saw another website and it was more liable and it said that it was the 5th hardest Olympic sport

    • I agree. We aren’t just sitting down. We use our legs to drive, and we use our arm to push us. We have to do this for 2000-5000 meters, and we can’t stop. Technic is crucial, and without perfect timing, you pretty much can’t win. Don’t even get me STARTED on talking about crabs.

      • Crabs are the WORST. You have a risk of being ejected out of the boat and getting hurt along the way from hitting riggers.

  5. Considering hockey players are the healthiest of any sport (obviously not dental) hockey is easily top 5 hardest sports to play

  6. Let’s talk after you get on a 1500 pound animal that could kill you in an instant and try to jump it around a 4’6” course.

  7. are you just a lazy human? How dare you. Do you know what horse riding is? Did you just write this with no research or anything? This is an opinion piece not an informational. No skill? Excuse me? I will put ou ontop of my horse five feet from the ground and tell you to jump 6 feet tal jump. Do you play any sports? Do you know what athletes are? Do you just think that yoiu sitting in your moms trailer writing this article is a sport?

  8. Um Football or “soccer” requires a lot of skill,balance,
    endurance, and a game where scoring is cherished. The most popular sport 8n the world.They add extra time from what was wasted.If they still tie they go into extra time, if not then penalties.

  9. None of This is True. Ski Jumping is so hard to get the correct technique when ski jumping. In fact it us so hard that most professional ski jumpers start training at age 6. It is such a difficult sport some people have died attempting jumps such as the 90 meter. Rowing is not a lazy sport either. These professional athletes have to train hours a day every day. You have to have a lot of upper body strength to row. I recommend a book called The Boys in the Boat. This book will prove to you how very hard rowing can be. Another sport that is EXTREMELY hard is distance running. Distance running does involve a certain type of skill. Speed and stamina. Clearly you have never run more than a couple miles. Try running an ultimate marathon ( 100 miles). Does that sound easy. to run long distances you always have to be in very good shape. Stop trash talking these sports and till you actually have the athletic skills to do them. In fact none of the sports you talked about are easy the all take a very specific skill set. For all I know maybe you are just terrible at all these sports and are ashamed that you don’t have the skill set to do them.

  10. This is bullshit. Sorry, but it’s true.
    I’ve only done riding and rowing here enough to have an opinion, but both are difficult. I’m sure other things there are just as hard.
    My brother does rowing and is at his club six days a week, doing physical training and running before they even get into the boat. He’s in there for at least four hours. In all weather. Snow? Sure. Thirty five degree heat? Of course. Bucketing rain? Absolutely. Yeah, not easy.
    You’ve also clearly never been on a horse??? Like, c’mon, the horse does not do all the work. It’s difficult.
    Look, just to say, the next time you decide to make a list like this, maybe try the sports first. Don’t embarrass yourself like you’ve just done.

  11. Wow great logic there with distance running. 4:42 average in a marathon is unbelievable. How can you even compare 26.2 miles to 1?? And if 4:42 is an average that wasn’t even the fastest mile. Clearly whoever wrote this has no knowledge on athletics or math.

  12. Whoever wrote this article was one of those middle school geeks who couldn’t play sports for shit and we’re jelouse of all the jocks

  13. hhhhh really who wrote all of this bullshit. “Soccer is just plain boring. Who wants to sit through a 90 minute game to see…” do you know how much earnings in this industry, I bet not.

  14. Hhhhh really who wrote this bullshit. “soccer is just plain boring. Who wants to sit through a 90 minute game to see…” do you even know how much earnings in this industry, I bet not.

  15. Uhm, EXCUSE ME? HORSE RIDING IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS AND HARDEST SPORTS TO PLAY IN THE WORLD!
    The horse doesn’t do everything. If it did, then why isn’t everyone who has ridden a horse before jumping 2m high and galloping across XC courses? I ask you, have you ever fallen 2m from a machine that is 10 TIMES YOUR SIZE running at over 50m/ph? Have you ever trusted, something with a mind of its own? Have you ever worked 5 hours a day 7 days a week, doing the same thing over and over again?
    I’ve seen footballers cry and scream because they tripped on the field. WE FALL INTO 3METRE DEEP DITCHES WITH WATER AND A HUGE LOG TO JUMP AND WE GET STRAIGHT BACK ON!
    Around 200 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR FROM RIDING, about 25 do from football.
    You could DIE from one little mistake. Our teammate is a 1000 pound animal that speaks a different language.
    You risk your life EVERY TIME you get into that saddle.
    You think it may take no skill, but in reality, it requires strength, balance, trust, and stamina, just to name the most important.
    You obviously haven’t ever ridden a horse, probably just a pony ride.
    So think again. Is horse riding a sport? Is it hard?
    BECAUSE IT’S NOT EASY.

  16. Obviously never played any sport in his life 😂 saying that heaps of freshmen run under 4:42 mike. Like yeah but could they do that same effort 42 times in a row without stopping? Don’t think so mate

  17. This is honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. Hockey is not an “easier version of soccer” You try to skate and tell me how that goes. In hockey you hit people, the goals are smaller, goalies are bigger, and you are going at fast speeds for pretty much the whole game

  18. You don’t stand in one place to play table tennis you noob.Not only does table tennis require skill,fitness and reflexes you also need to have TECHNIQUE.You also need really good footwork in table tennis,the grandma is there because there is something in every sport called veteran or senior level competition.You obviously never even played any of these sports except table tennis whith your brother in the garage I assume.Also volleyball is difficult too,it stings when you receive or pass the ball so dealing with pain isn’t easy.

  19. This whole article is idiotic. Each sport is extremely tough in their own manner, especially at the Olympic level. I play soccer myself and while flopping can be a big problem at times, it does not cancel out every other tough aspect of the sport, including the physicality and mentality involved to even have a chance. People get serious injuries all the time, the pressure is extreme, players run an average of 7 miles a game, and the simple grace/skill you need to handle the ball, along with quick thinking, is something that is incredibly difficult to master. It’s easy to point your finger and scold until you, yourself are the one out on the pitch or whatever other playing field involved in these sports.

  20. Okay fine if horseback riding is so easy why don’t you show me how to properly jump a 5’5 jump! I agree with everyone in the comments seriously learn what your talking about and maybe try controlling a half ton animal with your legs! And how is hockey and volleyball easy? Okay bye👋🏻

  21. You have clearly never rowed. It is a difficult sport using your full body. Also, you almost die because your cells don’t get enough oxygen so your body floods with acid to save your life. It doesn’t make it easy, but it make it possible.

  22. You should check your information because some of these sport is one of the hardest sports there are. In the NHL the hits, hand-eye coordination, and skating are very difficult. Same with the other sports like running, they need to be in the serious fit. All of these sports are difficult, you would know if you played a sport.

  23. I disagree. Hmm… where to start. Hockey: I’ve never played Hockey, but I know it is definitely not just sliding and gliding. Snowboarding: honestly I cracked up reading this. “I don’t really know how this sport works.” Please do your research before writing an article (that was not sarcastic, it really is a suggestion).Snowboarding: Snowboarding is really hard, and it is not uncommon to break a bone. Soccer: Although I neither play nor watch the sport, I still recognize the difficulty. Rowing: Rowing hurts. This is not a sport for someone who does not have a significant amount of strength. Equestrian: wow. I really don’t even know how to put this. Do you know how hard it is to stay on a horse while it jumps? Do you know how hard it is just to keep control over yourself and the horse while an instructor or judge shouts orders to you? You know what? Don’t even think about the actual riding. Do you know how hard it is to just put a saddle on a horse? Pony rides do not count. Table Tennis: your reflexes have to be very very quick. you have to be able to serve, rally and think quick all at the same time. not to mention the stress of a ball flying at your face. Ski Jumping: I have been skiing for three years, and all I can manage is a 5 inch jump. Skiing alone takes a lot of work, but ski jumping is even harder. Indoor Volleyball: Volleyball can leave bruises for weeks and is really hard. Distance running: this requires lots and lots of endurance. Alpine Skiing: this is without a doubt one of the most dangerous sports. you are not simply letting the hill do the work for you. It requires skill and control.
    please do not think I am rude, I just wanted to point this out.

  24. This is the dumbest author i’ve ever seen. I don’t think i’ve ever read a more incorrect article in my life. I play soccer and I can’t explain how wrong you are. I may believe soccer is more difficult than some other sports but still the other sports you mentioned are very difficult as well. Why don’t you get your butt out from behind the computer you sit at all day and talk to some professional players and maybe you’ll gain a little respect for these sports.

  25. OK HORSEBACK GANG I don’t know who wrote this article but they clearly were dropped on their head as a child. When was the last time you had to jump a course with a horse trying to throw you off after every fence? I’ll wait.

    Never ridden a horse before, eh? That’s what I thought. Here, let me educate you.
    We ride horses throughout the entire year, in almost any weather. That means we’re out there when it’s 25 degrees Fahrenheit and when it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit, rain, snow, or sun. Horses get moody in weather changes, and if you ride a horse like mine, your horse is already a moody brat. You have to use your core to sit up and support your weight AND your horses, and if they try to buck you best be sure you are nice and strong, otherwise you are coming RIGHT OFF. Your legs, arms, head, and seat must all be in the correct position at the right time, otherwise you might lose your BALANCE. That’s right my dude, there is balance involved in horseback riding! Kind of hard to believe, but since you’ve never ridden a horse before I’ll let you think about it for a second.

    Ok, so now that you’ve thought about it, I’m going to mention one more thing: horses have minds of their own. Unlike humans, horses can just decide they don’t want to participate in whatever activity it is that you are doing anymore. And that means (guess what) buck buck, rear rear, best hope your balance and core strength are on point or else CABOOM you dead boi.

  26. Wow! I know this is from years ago but seriously I’m a 15 year old girl who’s been playing her whole life and i guarantee if you tried playing hockey i bet I wouldn’t be all “sliding and gliding”. Hockey is one of the hardest sports in the world. Clearly you’ve never played ANY sport before. Find something better to do with your time.

  27. Milenials days dont have the grit that my generation had. New rules and participation trophies have made sports 2 easy. BAck in my day u never let an animal play a sport for you. you had to put in the hard work and swet and tears. Baseball obvioulsy isn’t on this list because it is easily the hardest and most tolling sport but millenials reuined it with their analytics.

  28. this man is very lazy and probably cant run a mile. running like track, cross country and other sports that you have to be very strong, determined, and have to be very fit for. i play soccer, track, and cross country and i can tell you, these are no “easy” sports. if you ever tried to do cross country in your life you would probably fall down and start crying because of the pure pain, and agony of this sport. tell me this can you run 8 miles without stopping, o even 2 miles in at least 15 min. try doing soccer for one season. i bet you can’t go 5 mins without calling for a sub. on a super hot day with no clouds in the sky. just try to do what runners and soccer players have to go through. and all the other sports on this list are still very hard, and pain inducing. just try to play one of these sports for a day, i bet you would have to go back to your room and eat 3 family sized bags of cheetos, while watching my little pony. please do not write any other article involving any sports of any kind!

  29. Are you stupid?? Horse riding.. easy?? Impossible! Have you practiced 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, thinking “what could scare my horse?” “Is my position correct?” While having your heels down, thumbs up, and eyes forward, making sure your thigh is holding but not pinching the saddle, have you TRAINED a 1,000 pound animal that can KILL you? Have you jumped something HIGER then you? Have you gone FULL SPEED TOWARDS a OBSTACLE TALLER THEN you? Have you FALLEN from a animal TALLER THEN YOU? You have know idea what risk we take here, one wrong move we could die, have you ever thought you could die doing this? I’ve trained some Tennessee Walkers to jump, not easy. YOU try riding my horse (or a horse) then you can come to me and say how easy it is

  30. Please tell me this is a joke…rowing is not easy and is not for lazy people. Sitting actually makes it harder, as it is an irregular movement, and it requires a lot of strength not only in your arms, but also your legs and abs. Not to mention how mentally strong you have to be, and the lack of oxygen towards the end of most races.

  31. This has to be a joke. Hockey is most definitely one of the most difficult sports to play. It’s one of the toughest sports and there’s no”gliding”. There are tons of systems and plays u have u to learn and perform it into a game. You cannot just play hockey. Developing a shot, perfecting your skating and so much more are required. At any time u can be seriously injured. This list about all of these sports are misunderstood and wrong. I feel sorry for the guy who wrote this.

  32. I just can’t even with this persons stupidity. Equestrian? Easy? Yall are kidding. I have claves and thighs of steel from riding. Most people would run away from an angry 1,200-pound animal, but us equestrians cluck and aren’t afraid of it. We trust our lives with something that could kill us in an instant. We do way more than just sit. You think that the horse does all the work, but if it did, it would just stand there. It wouldn’t do anything. WE give it aids. WE control it. WE have to work as a team. Yall need to get educated. I can almost guarantee that I have more core strength than you. I have gotten, bitten, run over, and a concussion from this, but what do I do? I get back on. We have a silent language, that no one could understand. You say that the horse does all the work, but I say that I’m doing it right. It’s not supposed to be obvious that were giving aids to the horse(and by aids, I mean cues for all you non-equestrians). It’s supposed to look seamless. I just want to see you try do do what we do and then tell me if it’s so easy.

  33. I just can’t even with this persons stupidity. Equestrian? Easy? Yall are kidding. I have claves and thighs of steel from riding. Most people would run away from an angry 1,200-pound animal, but us equestrians cluck and aren’t afraid of it. We trust our lives with something that could kill us in an instant. We do way more than just sit. You think that the horse does all the work, but if it did, it would just stand there. It wouldn’t do anything. WE give it aids. WE control it. WE have to work as a team. Yall need to get educated. I can almost guarantee that I have more core strength than you. I have gotten, bitten, run over, and a concussion from this, but what do I do? I get back on. We have a silent language, that no one could understand. You say that the horse does all the work, but I say that I’m doing it right. It’s not supposed to be obvious that were giving aids to the horse(and by aids, I mean cues for all you non-equestrians). It’s supposed to look seamless. I just want to see you try to do what we do and then tell me if it’s so easy.

  34. This article has to just be a complete joke, just because something seems easy doesn’t mean that it actually is. I feel that this article is being based off of fake judgments and shouldn’t even be published…

    • Honestly every single sport is hard when you’re really going for it. School gym classes makes some sports just look stupid. But come on guys. Obviously the easiest sport ever tag. Duh.

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  37. Who ever made this is probably an old couch potato that has a smokers cough and drinks a bottle of vodka everyday, let me hear your opinion when you can even get out of your house you fat fuck. Every one of these sports are hard dumbass you’ve only watched it on you tv and said you could do that easily, buddy you weigh 300lb 😂😂😂

  38. Who ever made this is probably an old couch potato that has a smokers cough and drinks a bottle of vodka everyday, let me hear your opinion when you can even get out of your house you fat fuck. Every one of these sports are hard dumbass you’ve only watched it on you tv and said you could do that easily, buddy you weigh 300lb 😂😂😂

  39. Literally every “Top ten hardest sports lists” has Ice Hockey in the top 5. This is because it is a sport where you have 10 skaters moving at 20 mph+ speeds with reduced balance because of their skates alongside the physicality involved. People get knocked out on the ice all the time and concussions are farely frequent as well. Barefist fighting is permitted during the game although it results in a 5 minute penalty minimum. The author should really watch the “Ice Guardians” documentary and check his facts next time. Pretty much all the sports listed should not be there.

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