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Which animals do you admire for their agility,strength,speed & general athletic prowess?

Asked by ucme (46216points) February 16th, 2010

Let’s choose which animals would be better suited to a particular event in either the summer or winter Olympics.Which would you choose & would you be confident of it emerging victorious? Just a fun question to pass the time.To clarify they would be competing with other animals not their human couterparts.

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erichw1504's avatar

I have a feeling that penguins would be good snowboarders. So, I’d say penguins would excel in the Snowboarding Halfpipe event.

wundayatta's avatar

An otter would do well in giant slalom and a seal would probably do well in downhill. A fox might do well in biathlon. An eagle would be a pretty good ski jumper. I like dolphins for single and pairs figure skating.

I agree about penguins and snowboarding, so I think they would also do well in that snowboard race event.

For hockey: wolves and polar bears (as goalies).

I’m drawing a blank on speed skating.

Snarp's avatar

Leopard – long jump, high jump, pretty much any jump.
Cheetah – all sprints.
Penguin – diving, slalom, downhill.
Dolphin, Tuna – all swimming.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I think the gold medal in curling would go to dung beetles.

erichw1504's avatar

I guess dolphins would be pretty good at swimming.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

My post seems a bit odd after the question has been edited. Oh well, such is life.

ragingloli's avatar

Gepards, Sharks, Birds of Prey.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Don’t you think penguins would be better suited to the luge?

tinyfaery's avatar

Cats. There is no finer creature on the earth. Balance, speed, stealth, power, grace,—cats can do anything.

YARNLADY's avatar

@dpworkin examples please

dpworkin's avatar

Examples of fleas? I don’t have any with me, but if you have ever seen one jump, you know what I’m talking about.

YARNLADY's avatar

@dpworkin I have heard of flea circus, and I thought maybe that’s what you meant.

ucme's avatar

Apparently the jumping power of the humble flea,well it’s more of a launch really,is equilavent to a human leaping the white house.So pole vault gold is assured then.

ucme's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Apparently the previous version was “to much of a simple poll“hence the edit.I think your post is right on the money.The details in my rewrite confirm this.Incidenally,they probably would win but it would take an eternity to complete,not to mention the smell.

ucme's avatar

@tinyfaery They would display everyone of those fine attributes as I unceremoniously throw one out of the stadium.Kind of a cat hammer throw.Only joking,well half anyway.

tinyfaery's avatar

Haha…animal abuse is so funny.~

ucme's avatar

@tinyfaery Especially when it’s fictional & some overly sensitive types are offended by it~

Sophief's avatar

All of the big beautiful cats.

tinyfaery's avatar

Only half joking. You said it.

ragingloli's avatar

Anyone who even considers hurting a cat deserves to die in the most painful fashion.

Sophief's avatar

@ragingloli I never said I wanted to hurt one, I said they are beautiful.

ucme's avatar

There is no argument to be had here.An off the cuff throw away remark intended for humour does not an animal abuser make.As i’ve said before I dislike cats & ocassionally when the need arises express this with tongue firmly in cheek.So rest easy,the pussy cats are perfectly safe.I don’t go near the dear sweet darlings.

Brian1946's avatar

Horizontal bar- gibbon
Side horse, rings, and parallel bars- chimp

100, 200, and 400 meter dashes- cheetah
High jump- kangaroo
Shot put- gorilla
10K and steeplechase- impala (IIRC, they can run for 10 miles at an average of 30 MPH).
800, 1500, 5000, marathon, and equestrian events- riderless horses. ;-)

Snarp's avatar

@dpworkin I’ve been away from this thread for a while, but I had a few thoughts on fleas. I don’t remember what I was reading, it was a section in Richard Dawkin’s Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, but I don’t recall who wrote it. It was all about scale in living things, and basically it sort of debunked the whole flea jumping thing. Not that they can’t jump a long ways for their size, which they can, but it argued that looking at ability relative to size just doesn’t make sense. Basically a flea can jump a long way relative to it’s size because it is small. There’s no way to transfer that to a larger creature. If you took the flea and blew it up to human size it wouldn’t work. The same holds for the weight that ants can lift, etc. I can’t make the argument well, because I’m not one of the best science writers of the 20th century, but if you grab that book it’s one of the early chapters, pretty easy to find if you’re interested.

Snarp's avatar

@Brian1946 Good call on the gibbon. I think I’d put them in for rings and parallel bars too though.

Also, I think the wolf is a good candidate for the marathon.

I think we would have to create a new event for humans to compete in: the four day mega-marathon.

dpworkin's avatar

@Snarp That’s odd because Gregor Samsa’s experience when he metamorphosed seems to indicate that a cockroach of human size retains it’s relative strength.

janbb's avatar

Those who have argued that penguins excel at all the winter sports are indeed correct.

Brian1946's avatar

@Snarp

Thanks. :-)

Since chimps usually weigh less than humans but are usually 3 times as strong, I think they’d have no trouble doing iron crosses, planges, inverted crosses, and butterfly and even inverted presses on the rings.

However, I’d certainly invite the gibbons to the tryouts for all the gymnastic events that I listed. ;-)

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