Anorak News | X-Pole London Olympics turn pole dancing into an Olympic sport

X-Pole London Olympics turn pole dancing into an Olympic sport

by | 15th, July 2012

IS pole dancing, aka “vertical gymnastics” (fnar), destined to be Olympic sport? It should be. Sportsmen love audience participation.

In readiness, keepers of the pole dance flame have created X-pole, a contest in London for “pole sports”.

Poles are well represented, as you might expect, but so too are all east Europeans, the GB and, controversially, Heidi Hildersley representing Scotland. (Is a caber a pole? Discuss.) A much smaller filed competes in the mena;s section, with GB represented by Jean Modestine, whose name suggests he does the show dressed in Comfi-Slax and holding a fan.


The International Pole Sports Federation is trying:

To get into the Olympics, sports need to demonstrate global interest by establishing an international federation that holds world championships. Eventually, they can draft an official petition for consideration by the International Olympic Committee. Over the past year, the IPSF has written bylaws and official rule books, and they’ve organized the first World Pole Sport Championship, which will take place in London on July 19 and 20, just days before the Olympics start. …The hope is that Olympic officials in town for the games will take notice.

Look out for flags being unfurled by vertical gymnast atop poles as coach Peter Stringfellow looks on, proudly…

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