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Human hamster ball sports go Olympic
When it comes to weird sports, there are usually weird people at the center of the action. In the cases of putting a human being inside of a large globe and calling it a sport, there is a lot of cheekiness and a nod from the Olympics.
How is trapping a human inside of a giant hamsterball considered a sport?
Believe it or not, this activity is becoming a symbol of inclusion at the upcoming Winter Olympics. This means that it may not considered a strange sport for much longer.
A land where weird sports come from
The English upper-class of the late 1970s has a lot to do with the current landscape of weird worldwide sports. This group of champagne-swilling Oxford University college students enlisted a wide circle of devotees to the strange sports cause. Included in the aptly named "Dangerous Sports Club" was local celebrity and Monty Python, Graham Chapman. Still active today, this original "tea party" is responsible for extreme sports like base-jumping and bungee jumping. Although they had many successes, one of their abandoned projects was to put humans inside of a giant plastic globe.
History of hamster ball sports
In a world that wants to create a place where people of all abilities are able to flaunt their athleticism, there is one that is quickly making its way into the Olympics. Although the idea of zorbing was abandoned by the Dangerous Sports Club, the Australians picked up the idea in the early 2000s. Used with or without water inside of it, the user is strapped to a chair inside the globe. Once secured, the rest is an adrenaline rush as the ball is maneuvered to go downhill. Also called globe riding, Zorb.com is the worldwide headquarters for all of the variations of this sport.
Zorbing announced as an 2014 Winter Olympics event
Dmitry Chernyshenko is the head of the organizing committee for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2010, Chernyshenko stated that zorbing will be included at the games. However, it will mainly be featured as a decoration that supports the theme Chernyshenko hopes to convey. To go zorbing locally, you will need to go to New Zealand, the UK, or South Africa where the sport has gained popularity. According to Zorb.com, the only zorbing facility in the United States is in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Kids get behind waterball trend
When it comes to consumer reviews, kids are relentless in testifying their preferences. Whether or not zorbing becomes a widely accepted sport or not, the kids have their bets on waterball. They are a simplified version of the zorb and are not indicated for use outside of water. In other words, the waterball's ability to allow kids to walk across water in a giant inflated globe is priceless. While it may not grow into an Olympic sports event, kids are likely to include this style of globe riding in summer camp championships.
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