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Hello ILC Exchange,

My question for you all today is on sport.

In the UK rock climbing is a real avid sport, because we have a hugely varied selection of rock and rock formations. Most of the geared climbing originated here, so we are pretty proud of our climbing traditions. That said, if anyone was asked our country sport, they'd probably say football or rugby.

What is your country/town's hidden sport passion? Are you involved in that sport? Tell us something exciting about it.


moonchildfic at 2011-07-01 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
Rowing and crew are pretty popular where I live (D.C. area which reminds me, after LJ ate my introductory post I never came back to make a second one) since the Potomac river is almost perfect for it. I'm not personally involved in it but my brother was until a shoulder injury (not from crew, tackle foot ball with the boy scouts. I'm pretty sure his coach was torn between killing my brother and acting like he'd gotten a terminal illness. You get a bad shoulder injury like he did and you're done in crew.)

I used to Urg (at least that's how I think it's spelled), which is to say use the rowing excersize machine he had for off season. It looks easy since you're sitting down and the seat slides and the pull cord is barely weighted. What it takes doing it to realize is that the weight you're moving around is your own body weight. It's like doing sit ups only pulling yourself forward and pushing yourself back every time you do one.

Which is the most exciting thing (in my opinion, not a big fan of the sport itself). If you're on any decent crew team and keeping up with you're training you can eat as much of whatever you want and still lose thirty pounds before the seasons over.

Somewhere around my brother's place there's a tee-shirt with the phrase "I can't, I have crew" in ten different languages. I should find it and share it. In the spirit of cultural exchange.
lmx_v3point3 at 2011-07-01 10:27 (UTC) (Link)
Is it much of a spectator sport? The big OxBridge rowing comp is a huge event in that area of the UK (especially for the posh folks - it's like Ascot) but it seems like a really strange type of thing to watch.
jesco0307 at 2011-07-01 07:49 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I know about a hidden sport passion. As most European countries football is always present in Norway.

The two more unusual sports would be handball and cross country skiing.

Can't tell much about handball other than Norway's women are freaking successful, which is kind of odd because it's such a small country and really has only one good team. So they don't have much competition, having won the national championships for the last x years.

As for cross country skiing, a running joke is that Norwegians are born with ski on their feet (and a backpack), I actually remember a commercial using this. But it is almost true, because everybody goes out in the winter, skiing. Having several month of snow each winter probably helps. As for my involvement - personally not so much, but I have a 7 (almost 8) years old son who is very active - and pretty good as well. Funny, since both hubby and I just started a couple of years ago. The coming winter is going to change my activity level, because my other son is almost 4 and ready to go out there as well (he did last winter already, but very little).

lmx_v3point3 at 2011-07-01 10:30 (UTC) (Link)
I have a good friend from Norway who brought us back some jellies from one visit and they were shaped like skiing men. I'm seeing the pattern there. XD

Is there one region for skiing that the locals flock to year on year, or is it fairly well dispersed? Is there a specifically tourist-y area of skiing that the locals avoid? (for example, would I choose a different area/region if I was writing a local rather than a tourist?)
jesco0307 at 2011-07-01 11:04 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it's like THE national sport. King Olav (he's the predecessor of the current king) did take the tram to go skiing...). There's a statue of him at Oslo's ski stadium - on ski.

For cross country it's more or less just going outside where you live. There are ski runs everywhere. Since it gets dark early in winter the local ski runs are equipped with lights and the local ski clubs tend to prepare them, laying the tracks.

The most tourist-y areas are probably around the larger places where the slopes for downhill skiing are - Trysil, Hemsedal, Geilo, maybe Lillehammer (where the Olympics where in 1994). They of course also have runs for cross country.
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