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A secondary olympics that works with randomly selected regular citizens

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Contrived _voice Jan 01, 2022
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A secondary Olympics that works with randomly selected regular citizens
The Olympics showcase the best of each country's professional athletes. The records they make seem unachievable so normal people don't even bother trying. Rationally you know you can't run two kilometers in under two hours or a hundred meters in nine seconds. All the Olympics do is raise nationalistic esteem which is good but in a different way.
How it works
Take the identification numbers of everyone above 18 but under 65 and place them in a randomizing program that places random people in absolutely random fields. The competitors will then be given an agreed-upon period of time that is less than a year to practice then finally take part in an Olympic equivalent event.
  1. Motivation for staying healthy. Once you hit 18 you know it could be you next. You need to mentain your own health so you don't make a fool of yourself incase you get picked.
  2. Set physical ability benchmarks. The record from these events will be achievable so everyone knows the standard level of ability for avarage people and a drive to beat those records is created.
  3. More Investment. Just like the normal olympics, a desire to produce greater results will cause more investment in the health sector.
  4. Innovation and Inspiration. Despite the randomness and short preparatory period ,people will undoubtedly produce great results. These stories will serve as inspirations to the rest of the world.
  5. Sheer entertainment value.
  6. Improve self esteem. Feeling you have a lower physical ability is a source of low self esteem. By watching other people like yourself competing, it creates a reassuring effect.
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Danny Weir
Danny Weir Jan 15, 2022
This idea immediately got me thinking about The Hunger Games and I absolutely love it (both the idea and the book/movie series). This idea feels almost dystopian in nature, one of those things that seems like it should be in a movie set in 2080. But, why wouldn't it work? I can't think of a single good reason why it wouldn't...
The sense of national pride that must fill Olympic athlete hearts as they fly the flag of their country must be unparalleled, to have that feeling as a "normal" person would be unreal. I think events like this would be really motivating and encourage people to maintain their health and fitness as you said. Would the events be randomly assigned do you think? Would the event types mirror those of the actual Olympics, or would they be tweaked a little to suite the average person?
I believe that companies would be jumping at the chance to sponsor these kinds of events and the entertainment value alone could be priceless.
A few small points that would definitely need to be considered are insurance (if people don't actively volunteer/consent then there could be a problem here), declining of invitations to participate (some people could flat-out refuse to participate, possibly to avoid the fame), prizes (would there be money involved?) and finally when/how often the events are held (would it be tied in with the actual Olympics?).
Either way, where do I sign up?
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice2 years ago
At some point when I was writing that I thought of the Hunger games too. The insurance could be sponsored by the funds collected from the event. Sponsors for such an event would be many and financial backing wouldn't really be an issue, The chances for profit are many, Advertisement, brand promotion, and Positive brand association. Plus I think nations would have vested interests in their representatives.
All that's left is to convince everyone this is a good idea.
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jnikola2 years ago
Maybe it would be clever to exclude semi-professional and professional athletes. They would crush the standard citizens in most of the disciplines. And how many participants would you include? Because choosing only 8 participants would be still an insignificant number to motivate all the people to do sports. In a regular person's lifetime of approx. 75 years, that would mean you can get chosen not more than 15 times (4 years between the Olympics). Fifteen times 8 means 120 participants in your lifetime, which is a very low percentage of all the world's population. I would suggest including more participants and doing the Olympics more often. That could help with motivation.
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Darryl Koh Yuan Jie
Darryl Koh Yuan Jie2 years ago
Hmm how would this differ from signing up for marathons, triathlons or other sports-based competitions? I believe the benefits mentioned can also be found in these events except for the fact that you have to voluntarily sign up for it as compared to what you proposed(mandatory I believe?).
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