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The Olympics

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Discuss or debate the questions below. Remember to support your answers!

  • Are you interested in the Olympics?
  • Have you ever been to the Olympics? Would you want to go (again) someday? Why/not?
  • Has your country ever hosted the Olympics? If yes, when?

  • What do you know about the Olympics? Do you know how they began?
  • Which do you find more interesting, the Summer or the Winter Olympics? Why?
  • How do you feel about some of the more unusual sports, like curling or synchronized swimming?
  • How do you feel about sports in which the winner is chosen subjectively? In other words, the person wins on the artistic interpretation of the judges, not because he/she is the fastest or strongest competitor. Please explain.
  • Imagine you are a member of the Olympic Committee. Which event would you wanted included, but presently isn't? Why?
  • Let's continue the scenario in the previous question. Which event would you want removed from the Olympic Games? Why?
  • Who do you think should get to host the next Olympic Games? Why do you think so?
  • Imagine you want the next Olympic Games hosted in your hometown. Present an argument to your partner, who is a member of the Olympic Committee.

  • Should professional athletes like NBA or FIFA players be allowed to participate in Olympic events? Why/not?
  • Should team sports be included, such as basketball or volleyball, in the Olympics?
  • Should politics and international disagreements affect the Olympics? Why/not?
  • Are Olympic athletes good role models for children? Why/not?

  • Doping in the Olympics has become quite common. What do you think about making it legal, and thereby leveling the playing field? Please explain.
  • Do you agree or disagree?: Hosting the Olympics is a waste of the tax payers money. Why do you think so?
  • Do you agree or disagree?: Synchronized swimming isn't a real sport. Why?
  • Which Olympic event would you like to compete in? Why?
  • If you were an Olympic athlete, what would you do:
         a) the night before the event?
         b) after the event... assuming you won?
         c) after the event... assuming you lost?
    Please explain.

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