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In response to some of the stuff in here and again to the original question, no
You would say that. What the hell do you know? Your idea of exercise is blowing Brad!
As Brad said, elite golfers are definitely incredibly skilled. But in terms of being actual athletes that are in shape, that's not at all a requirement of golf. Some of them are in great shape, but a lot of great golfers aren't at all. Also, as for NASCAR drivers, they need to be light enough to not slow down the car. Being light and being in shape don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.
Apparently you didn't read what I actually wrote, as I don't think it was that difficult to comprehend.
Golfers, nascar drivers, bowlers, etc have the great skills required for those activities, but that doesn't make them athletes. They can be athletic, but their chosen game does not require it (see John Daly, Tony Stewert, etc). Some could make the argument for some baseball players, but short of the pitcher and first baseman, everyone else on the field has to be quite athletic.
I'm fine if some want to call drivers athletes, but they must be consistent and consider bowlers, golfers, professional dart players, etc. athletes. I don't consider any of them athletes.
This. Some on here want to use the exact definition of "athlete" to argue that nascar drivers are athletes, however they must then include all of the above. Like I said before, once they admit that Bill Dance is an athlete, and other professional fishermen, then also include the activities on your list, then it's fine to call nascar drivers athletes.
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I said by exact definition they all were,
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Well then maybe I wasn't talking about you Bradley
YES YOU WERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kind of an understatement my friend.
i say this as being not a fan of NASCAR....but i can imagine that it takes an incredible amount of energy and stamina to keep a car steady in a small amount of space on a banked track in a pack of 40 other cars (or however many cars are out on the track), maybe not in the traditional sense...but i would say that they could be considered athletes.
Sounds like driving through Salt Lake City late Friday afternoon, or LA or a lot of other US cities. Come on, these "athletes" are behind the wheel for 4 to 8 hours a week under the competitive conditions.
Whahoo I'm an athlete too.
Before there was space or time there was rock and roll.
This reminds me of something I saw awhile back. It was a newspaper that had a weekly mailbag column in the sports section where they'd publish a few short emails/letters from readers. One of them said something along the lines of, "This past weekend, I drove 512 miles to drop my daughter off at college. Does that make me an athlete?"
It's obviously not the same thing, but I still thought it was pretty funny.
Good observation Todd. Last October I left Aberdeen SD at about 8:00 Am and drove straight through to W Montana. I stopped for fuel (pit stops) but stayed on the pedal and the coffee until about 12:30 AM. when I made it home. It was windy, (a little town in ND burned to the ground about 6 hrs after I passed by), the road was inhabited by the usual stupid people and it started to snow around Bozeman.
I didn't see one NASCAR hotdog the whole day.
You be the judge.
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