Con-olympics (was: Checking on things...)
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 18, 2000, 4:20|
Danny Wier wrote:
>2) The Olympics have begun!! I thought Seattle was impressive when I
>visited there in mid-1998, but Sydney is really winning me over. Indeed, a beautiful city, that has a forever warm place in my
heart-- it was my reintroduction to Western Civ. after the year in
Indonesia. First purchase, a very heavy sweater (it was August), first meal
a huge veal parmiggiana with a whole bottle of wine, dessert, espresso and
an anisette. Heaven.
>If the Olympics were to be held in the homeland of any conculture or
>conlang-speaking nation, what would the native sports be (and of course
>the origin of the names of each sport), and which existing sports would
>be your best bets for gold medals? Curiously enough, though not a sports fan, I've thought about this.
There would be no practical way to hold Cindu-wide games, since Kash are
almost twice the size of Gwr. The Kash could probably outdo us in things
like weightlifting, wrestling (more or less Greco-Roman style). They also
run, fence, shoot, throw things, and have a few team sports resembling
soccer, baseball and volleyball. Sailing races, yes; whether rowing, I
don't know-- they're very heavy (average 200 lbs+). Swimming is enjoyed,
but whether there would be much point in racing is debatable (times would be
slow, due to weight + furriness-- and nobody would even DREAM of shaving off
the fur). The Gwr, up there in the Frozen North, have probably devised
things like skiing, skating, snow-shoeing, toboggans etc, plus their
versions of all the above. I think about the only event where there could
be equal competition would be marksmanship. As to truly _native_ sports,
haven't gone there.
All this, BTW, is definitely at a very amateur level.
Vocab. so far: weightlifting: andukrece (lit. pick-up iron); swim, nawus,
backstroke nawus shelum, butterfly nawus rini (...fly); dive necu rini (jump
fly); to compete munuk; to race munuk yama (...run); fence mucoware
(..+sword); wrestle murendik (..+twist)