With Freestyle BMX being the latest ‘extreme sports’ to be added to the Olympic Roster, Tim WIld asks whether downhill could, or should, be next.
Words: Tim Wild
Four years ago I broke my collarbone quite badly when I slipped on a stupid, flat bit of trail and landed on a tree stump; think sledgehammer on the shoulder and you’ll get an idea of what my bone looked like. I was laid up for a few weeks and I spent most of my time glued to the London 2012 Olympics. The games were excellent in my opinion and of course I followed the inevitable discussion around DH and whether it should be an Olympic event with interest.
The unbridled enthusiasm of DH fans strikes me as a great thing, but I do wonder if can lead to a somewhat blinkered view of the world. As a bit of a realist, when I take my love of the sport out of the equation, I don’t think it’s as simple as saying “hell yeah, I think World Cups are rad, so DH deserves to be an Olympic sport”. There are two questions to ponder before you decide whether the Olympics would be good for DH and they are: could DH be an Olympic sport and then should DH be an Olympic sport?