Given the choice between a variety of Olympic events, including volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, archery, and weightlifting, 58.4% of the students said they would be most likely to participate in volleyball as an Olympic sport. Surprisingly no students were interested in swimming or weight lifting. However, 33.3% of the students would want to compete in archery and only 8.3% were interested in gymnastics. Archery’s participation rate was quite a bit higher than expected.
When it came to the winter sport they would want to participate in, 50% said they would want to snowboard. There was no interest in competing in hockey or bobsledding, and 25% each were interested in speed skating or doing the ski jump. It was surprising to see no interest in hockey or bobsled, but not as surprising to see a high interest level in snowboarding.
In the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will be five new sports added. These sports are skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing, and baseball and softball. The Helix Grizzlies seem most excited to see surfing, with 58.4% of students taking an interest in seeing this sport in the 2020 games. No one took a particular interest in seeing karate added to the games. Sports climbing is being looked forward to by 25% of the students and skateboarding and baseball/softball hold 8.3% of the student’s interest each.
When asked what sport took the most practice, many had to stop and think. Between the choices of volleyball, gymnastics, weightlifting, snowboarding, speed skating, and ski jump, gymnastics was chosen as the most difficult sport by 50% of students. Volleyball and ski jump athletes were dropped to the bottom, with no students saying they thought it required the most practice. The second most popular vote, with 33.4%, was snowboarding. Weightlifting and speed skating fell into a tie at 8.3% each for the most-practiced sport. While getting to the Olympics takes hard work and a lot of practice no matter what event, gymnastics took the lead for how much practice is needed to get there.
Each student was also asked what their favorite sport to watch was. There were varying results from both season’s Olympics. Some sports fell into the students favorite season, while others said they found one season to be more exciting overall, but they had a favorite sport to watch in the opposite season. One example of this was a junior that said, “I really enjoy watching the winter figure skating! I do prefer the summer Olympics, since the events to me are generally more interesting, but the figure skating is super pretty to watch! I also suck at it as well, so maybe that’s why.” The sports that were mentioned as favorites were skeleton, volleyball, figure skating, basketball, snowboarding, couples skating, gymnastics, and speed skating.
This survey of students at Griswold High School had varying results, some of which were unexpected or humorous. Students tend to lean toward liking the summer Olympics more than the winter Olympics. In the 2020 Olympics, many students will be excited to see the surfing. The Grizzlies provided some surprising information on how they feel about the Olympics.