or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Off-Season Sports & The Lighter Side › Cycling › beyond balance, skill and athleticism
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

beyond balance, skill and athleticism

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

watch this amazing athlete in action. unreal!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3WnQ246f1g&feature=player_embedded

post #2 of 12

I saw this a week ago and meant to link it.  I kept looking for the cable holding her up.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

@Trekchick, @segbrown. what do you gals think of this athlete?

 

she gives me hope in humanity. no robot will EVER be capable of this 'routine'.

post #4 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
 

@Trekchick, @segbrown. what do you gals think of this athlete?

 

 

Well, tbh my first thought was, "Why?"

post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

 

Well, tbh my first thought was, "Why?"


I've seen this before..not this clip but this sport.  Why?  I often find myself asking the same thing of..rhythmic gymnastics..figure skating..dancing.  Same thing really.  I suppose just to try new things and have fun.  My cousin used to spend hours cutting figures in figure skating..then they'd go out and measure how close her circles were..why?  She did that for years...used to drive 4 hours each way to get her skates sharpened, sometimes daily during events.  Why?

post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott43 View Post
 


I've seen this before..not this clip but this sport.  Why?  I often find myself asking the same thing of..rhythmic gymnastics..figure skating..dancing.  Same thing really.  I suppose just to try new things and have fun.  My cousin used to spend hours cutting figures in figure skating..then they'd go out and measure how close her circles were..why?  She did that for years...used to drive 4 hours each way to get her skates sharpened, sometimes daily during events.  Why?

Yeah I understand that,  but I think there is a lot more aesthetic appeal in gymnastics and figure skating. The skill here is the same (or better?), but that clunky bike just takes away from the aesthetics, imo. The cramped gym with a low ceiling didn't help. 

 

I sort of feel the same way about freestyle snowmobile and BMX comps, but they aren't trying to look pretty so it is more about the tricks. Still, I watch for a little and think how amazing it is, and then ... that's enough. Just not my cup o tea, I guess.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

 

Well, tbh my first thought was, "Why?"

 

I get the question but instead think of what she is able to DO? The human form has abilities that boggle the mind. Have you ever tried riding a 'simple' unicycle? Or even ridden a balanced wheelie for 100 yards on a bicycle? The balance, strength, reactive perception on display are immense. Pure athleticism at the very highest level.

 

So not why, but what is how I see it. Blows me away.

post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

 

I sort of feel the same way about freestyle snowmobile and BMX comps, but they aren't trying to look pretty so it is more about the tricks. Still, I watch for a little and think how amazing it is, and then ... that's enough. Just not my cup o tea, I guess.

 

Not saying I'd watch much of it..  :D  But..it is kinda the same thing..  See, not to go on a tangent, but I think the beauty of figure skating is kinda lost.  I hate watching peeps coast across the whole ice to pull off a triple or a quad.  It's a technical challenge more now.  I don't even think they do actual figures anymore.  Dance is really closer to what figure skating should really be to me.  More aesthetically pleasing.  To me anyway.  Like you say, whatever floats your boat I suppose.

post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
 

 

I get the question but instead think of what she is able to DO? The human form has abilities that boggle the mind. Have you ever tried riding a 'simple' unicycle? Or even ridden a balanced wheelie for 100 yards on a bicycle? The balance, strength, reactive perception on display are immense. Pure athleticism at the very highest level.

 

So not why, but what is how I see it. Blows me away.

Oh, I agree that it is extreeeemely difficult. I actually see it more as a skill than athleticism, but they overlap. 

post #10 of 12

I'm with segbrown and wonder why?  I read the title and saw it was something about an audition.  I see it as a great deal os skill, which I admire and appreciate, but as much as I appreciate her skill, I get bored watching it after a few minutes. 

 

I would love to have her balance and awareness of body position when I ski or ride a bike. Thumbs Up

post #11 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 
 

, but that clunky bike just takes away from the aesthetics, imo.

 

You know, for an artistic cycling bike (i.e. a short-wheelbase fixie with a super-slack seattube, a super-steep headtube, no fork rake, zero stem extension, giant platform pedals and BMX-type pegs on the back axle) that one looked pretty handsome.    

There are some pretty ugly artistic cycling bikes out there;  to these eyes that particular one looked better than a lot of hippie fixies.  

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

You know, for an artistic cycling bike (i.e. a short-wheelbase fixie with a super-slack seattube, a super-steep headtube, no fork rake, zero stem extension, giant platform pedals and BMX-type pegs on the back axle) that one looked pretty handsome.    

There are some pretty ugly artistic cycling bikes out there;  to these eyes that particular one looked better than a lot of hippie fixies.  

 

as did the young woman riding it.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cycling
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Off-Season Sports & The Lighter Side › Cycling › beyond balance, skill and athleticism