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16 December 2010 @ 12:33 pm
This is a result of a comment to my previous post  
Poll #1657563 Athletics

Are you now, or have you ever been, a competitive athlete?

No, never
Not now, but I was in the past
Yes, currently

If you are or were a competitive athlete, in what sport or activity?

Do you identify as (feel free to leave this, as any other, question blank if you prefer not to answer)

Cisgender male
Cisgender female
Transgender male
Transgender female

Edited to add (I hope this doesn't break the poll): "Competitive" is a nice broad term, and includes but is not limited to being on a school-based sports team (at any level), or a non-school team (say, a local gymnastics group), or participating in individual sports at recognized events (e.g., horseback riding), or in any other scored physical activity (e.g., dance).
seawaspseawasp on December 16th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I did participate in a walk-a-thon once, but I don't think that really counts.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yeah, probably not. I don't think those are really competitive athletically, although they certainly are monetarily.
Lyn Thorne-Alder: Sorceressaldersprig on December 16th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I rode horseback in a show once and got a ribbon. I don't think that counts. :-D
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Why not? Horseback riding is considered an athletic event as far as, say, the Olympics are concerned.
Lyn Thorne-Alder: LynLynaldersprig on December 16th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I wasn't being competitive about it? I was riding because I liked riding, and I'm pretty sure I got a ribbon because I managed to stay on at a canter after the stirrup broke.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. Personally, I'm inclined to consider that anyone who can ride horses is athletic, but I can see your point about how you weren't doing it for the competition.
Lyn Thorne-Alder: LynLynaldersprig on December 16th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
I loved riding horses in high school, and miss it.

Hrm, I played soccer in elementary school, too.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on December 16th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Defining "competitive" gets complicated. Elementary school level? High school? College? Olympics?

I still ski faster than some of those guys in the Winter Olympics, cross-country skiers from Tunisia and such . . .
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Any of those levels; I'm not picky.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on December 16th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I was on organized basketball, tennis, and football teams at times, and the rifle team at college.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on December 16th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Competition has never interested me much. I like cooperative games; I used to play badminton with friends, where the goal was to keep the bird aloft as long as we could. That was much more fun than trying to make the other person miss!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've never played badminton that way, but I love to play balloon, where the goal is to keep batting the (non-helium) balloon around and off the floor.

I like some competitive games (e.g., board games, card games) and some cooperative ones.
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on December 16th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I noted that I was a varsity swimmer in high school. I was also a junior olympic archer, though archery isn't a sport requiring the attributes most people think of when they think of competitive athletics.

All that said, it took a lot more effort to keep myself in shape for the 22 years I was in the Marine Corps than it ever took to prepare for a swim meet or an archery tournament.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I would say that an archery team (or a rifle team, or even a handgun team) would qualify by my fairly broad understanding of the term.

But, yes, I'm sure the Marines were a lot more intense physically even than a swim meet.
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on December 16th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I also spent a while as a member of a battalion swim team while I was in the Corps, and those swim meets were harder than anything I did in high school. (And since you mention rifle, we had yearly rifle qualification, and I also spent a while on a division rifle team.)
tassie_galtassie_gal on December 16th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
State fencing rep until 2 years ago - only stopped due to finances and thesis.
Shadow/Brookekengr on December 16th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
senior year in high school (a *very* small school) a friend talked me into joining the wrestling team./ I finished the season with a perfect record. No wins. :-)

BTW, this is also why I give the evil eye to docs who say my ideal weight is 170. That was the lowest weight the doc who gave me the checkup before I could join the team would allow me to go to. And the closest I got was around 175.

This while doing chores on a family farm every day (including bucking hay and the like), doing workouts every day after school *and* having to skip meals to get there.

Ideal my ass.

My current doc hasn't made that kind of noise. If she does, I'm digging out an old pic and pointing out that I weighed around 200 in it (and look skinny as a rail)
LeiaCatleiacat on December 16th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
My gender identification comes with a big fat "ish".

I'm thoroughly non-competitive in just about every way possible personality-wise, but I did play badminton in training-for-competitiveness manner, rather than just friendly-casual.
Steffirecat on December 17th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I sometimes secretly race the person in the next lane at the pool.

Another "ish".
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on December 17th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
There are people who lift weights competitively, but I never have and don't want to; I suspect that (even if I did better than I think I would) it would make me crazy. Whereas lifting helps keep me sane.
Thorfinnthorfinn on December 17th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Entering Swing Dancing (Lindy-hop) contests counts, I think. It's certainly a fairly athletic activity, and, well, that is a competition. They're not awfully serious ones, nothing like Ballroom world, but still, fits the question as asked.

I put Other in the gender bit. I'm closest to Cisgender male (but not actually close to Cisgender male), but mainly just identify as Queer for everything.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 17th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Dance competition absolutely counts!
Angela di Tenebreditenebre on December 17th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
I had a marvelous time playing beach volleyball right after I moved here to California. While there was a certain degree of friendly competitiveness at times, we were in it for fun. Then, two guys started getting more and more serious about Playing by The Rules, and Doing It Right, and before you knew it, the competitive vs. fun scale had tipped so significantly that I just didn't want to go anymore.

So, yeah ... not competitive when it comes to athletics. Of course, I never considered myself much of an athlete to begin with.