If animals competed in the Olympics (not exactly like the sheep in the “meadow scene” of the Opening Ceremony on Friday night), we humans would not stand a chance of winning any medals. Citing the Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius (faster, higher, stronger) in an article in Veterinary Review, Craig Sharp of the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Brunel University in London, observes that “if we allowed the rest of the animal kingdom into the Games … we could not offer much competition!”
Humans’ one advantage is that we can be a sort of “Jack of all sports. Sharp tells Agence France-Presse that humans simply can’t compete with animals in any sorts of physical events such as running or swimming. Aside from “technically-aided sports” such as tennis, Sharp says that what we are good at is “being really versatile; we can sprint, we can run long distances, we can jump, we can swim, we can lift weights” and so would do well in a “sort of decathlon of swimming, running, jumping, lifting.”
Here’s some human/animal athlete match-ups.
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