Rodrigo Neri

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A new swimming sport? Underwater Rings 

August 02, 2012

Last night I was watching the 2012 Olympics swimming and after some time I noticed how every race was pretty much the same. Each race was one of the 4 different stroke types: freestyle, butterfly, breast stroke and backstroke. The only difference being the distance or a mix between the 4. Now, I know that they try to make these races really exciting (which some are) but after some time I started to get bored, so I started to daydream a little… 

What if there was a new swimming sport? I know that they have other swimming/water sports such as synchronized swimming, water polo, and diving (which btw is really cool to watch)…  But it hasn’t been a new in-water sport since the beginning of the 1900s.

One game I used to play when I was a little kid, and I’m sure other kids did as well, was to see If I could go underwater from one side of the pool to the other. What if this new sport had that rule in it? You would have to be underwater at all times. I know that might be too easy for some of these olympic swimmers, but what if we turned the difficulty up a little?

It would be a time based sport which the fastest win. There would be rings of different sizes at different locations that the swimmer had to go through in order. If the swimmer touched a ring, a penalty time would be added to the swimmers’ time. It could be just like the traditional races with different lengths 50m, 100m, 200m and etc…

I put together some sketches to make it easier to picture the sport:

After some googling I found that in the 1900 Olympics there were both underwater and obstacle races and after that year it never happened again. I wonder why…

I’m not sure how sports used to get started but I feel that some innovation need to happen, we’ve been playing the same sports for a long time, it’s time to change, some of these sports are getting boring and I think it’s a perfect time to try…

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