Hardest Olympic Sports


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21 Figure Skating

I did figure skating for 11 years and it definitely is the hardest olympic sport because top figure skaters truly reach the ultimate level of human physique in their free programs. It looks easy but the amount of strength you need for a jump and landing it, is something that not everyone can do. Also many sports on this list are such that you can easily medal in them at the age of 20-40 but in figure skating the time you can be successful is from the age of 14-20 (men up to 30), because simply after that age human body is not capable of doing the required elements. Also figure skating combines extremely difficult artistic performance with technical skills and of course stamina. Pair skating is even more difficult since you also have to do all of this synchronized with your partner. Figure skating is also very challenging mentally and the character of the sport is very cruel. If you haven't done figure skating yourself you can't really understand how challenging the sport truly is and ...more

Have you actually seen professional figure skaters? They are amazing! Figure skating requires the flexibility of a gymnast, the grace of a dancer, and the stamina of a runner. It is a sport that is under-rated, and it should be considered as the hardest sport in the Olympics.

Being able to master this sport is incredibly hard. From the low confidence to the painful accidents and the dreading thought of having to have surgery I believe this sport is tough. One jump messed up can change your whole career

If it requires "grace", it's not a sport

22 Cross Country
23 Sailing

By far one of the most draining, physically and mentally

24 Table Tennis

If you aren't Chinese then you wont win. These guys just dominate the sport.

Enjoy tennis but hate running then this is the sport for you

25 Judo

More countries involved than almost any other individual sport. The difference between the elite and the rest is enormous and the bulk of funding reflects this. If you don't show natural ability early on your chances of making the team of elites is virtually nil.

Judo is hard if you think about it you need to think about your technique and you need to train at least 2-3 times a week if you want to become a good judoka.

Judokas who are training for the olympic train every single day, from morning until night. They only get a 2-hr break between each different training (This is in South Korea). The judokas themselves even said that they don't have time for their families. Plus, the sport requires fast thinking and reaction.

26 Folkstyle Wrestling
27 Badminton Badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Badminton has to be much higher in this list, the fastest smash in the world is now 493/km hour, try to beat that with other sports!

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28 BMX

Since freestyle BMX became an olympic sport it will be one of the hardest sports on olympic games and the most fun to watch for me, I guess. Gymnastics is of course #1 but BMX freestyle is pretty close to it. My bet for 2020 the mostly unknown Paul Thoelen wins the first olympic gold medal in BMX freestyle.

29 Hockey

Top NHL players can compete with Footballer players for weight lifting. Look up how much some of them can squat.
They have the hand eye coordination of a baseball player and golfer combined. (Dangles)
They have incredible endurance the to sprint around with all the gear. You would be surprised about their endurance. Truly under appreciated.
Not to mention the PHYSICALITY of the game makes it a brute force sport that requires agility and finesse.
Did I forget to mention that the attention required is remarkable, that puck is traveling faster than most objects in sports (yes, I am including baseball) and players are willing to stand in front of it and in some cases are able to move their sticks just enough to deflect it or in the case of a goalie save it.

In hockey you practice about 4-7 times a week each are usually 1-3 hours. You have to work your butt off or your coach will not let you play. You have to be willing to stand in front of a compacted rubber puck coming 90+ mph at you. You also have to be on 1/8 of an inch blade while on a wet slippery surface. Oh and did I mention that you have to do all that while 5 other people are trying to kill you with clubs.

Supporting hockey's difficulty by saying "you're on a 1/8 inch blade" is hilarious. I learned how to skate when I was 5, if u learn young and just skate once in a while then you're fine. Hockey is just a bunch of long-haired douches with anger management problems. And endurance my ass, u guys switch your lines after 10 seconds of play. The only hard thing about hockey is being a goalie and having to react to insanely fast shots while several people are screening you.

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30 Shooting
31 Canoe Sprint
32 Basketball Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Gymnastics is the easiest of them all

Yup, training 6-8 hours a day every day, for most of your life, tumbling on a 4 inch wide beam, doing swinging releases & skills on a bar and running full speed at a stationary object then flipping over it is so easy!


33 Canoe Slalom

Canoe slalom is the hardest sport to train for!

34 Taekwondo

Precision, speed, and being able to take a kick to the face. If you think football is a contact sport go watch an olympicTKD match. Then get back to me on that, won't cha'.

What in the olypics ever wonder what what stands for bouncing around like wusses throwing out their front legs like demented kids

35 Trampolining

Trampolining is as hard as Gymnastics. You have to two ten skills routines, first routine is judged on how high you jump and neat the routine is and the second routine is judged on owe high you can go with the most difficulty. Most of the men's second routine have 5 to 6 triples in it. You should check it out one day, its amazing!

You have to time everything right and plus if the trampoline is sending a person 30 feet in the air that is scary and if you are that high and you hit the ground that's it!

36 Pole Vault

You have to use more upper body strengh

37 Road Cycling
38 Cross Country Skiing

Why is this so far down!? XC skiing is by far the hardest sport.
It takes years of training all year round in order to be a "good" skier! People dedicate their lives to this sport and the athletes are the toughest and fittest people I have ever encountered.

With skiing you do all the work for yourself and in harsh conditions too. Try racing as hard as you can in below freezing temperatures,freezing your lungs, and getting frost bit.

Mastering the techniques is probably the hardest aspect and is the biggest difference between a fast skier and a slow or average skier.

Skiing is hard. It's the hardest sport I've ever done, and for those who put 90% of those other sports above it you need to get out and try nordic skiing, because that enough will change your mind.

Go and watch a race and then try it yourself and then sit there wondering how the heck those people could do that because it's that hard. If you tell me I'm wrong and that it shouldn't be at least ...more

39 Beach Volleyball Beach Volleyball Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. It has been an Olympic discipline since the 1996 Games.
40 Golf Golf Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes from a range of 80 to 600 yards on a course in as few strokes as possible.
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