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Are we including the training that goes into it? Because if so then it's got to be wrestling. Making weight used to be brutal for me in highschool. I guess once you're on the mat it's as much a battle of wills than anything, but the training was gnarly.
From a purely skill aspect I think it has to be hitting in baseball or golf.
i think you need to make a distinction for this question.
I think a more interesting question is, what would be the hardest sport for you to become the best in the world at. like if you got your fat ass off the couch and did nothing but ____________, what would have a higher chance of never happening.
there are certain things you can rule out, like being a center in the NBA.... well that is just hitting the genetic jackpot mostly.
for the OP and those in favor of baseball being the hardest sport... would you put cricket up there?
for football, would you put rugby next to it?
there are so many sports... like fencing, high diving, jai alai, windsurfing, and bull riding... these arent popular sports when compared to soccer, football, baseball and basketball, but they take tremendous talent to master.
i was watching bull riding live just a few days ago and i was thoroughly impressed with the athletic skill that it takes (not to mention the balls) to stay unsaddled on an enraged semi-ton animal for 8 seconds while only holding on with one hand.
any one of you could spend the next 3 months only doing windsurfing ese and might never get going upright for more than 30 seconds.
at the height that high divers jump from, the viscosity/surface tension of the water in the pool make anything other than a well executed dive the equivalent of hitting the ground from that height. imagine having to do 2 full twists and a triple tuck gainer before hitting that.
look at tennis... they are hitting baseball sized balls going 90+ mph but having to return them with an equal velocity and accuracy, multiple times with very little reaction time.
Having participated in track and field, cross country, gymnastics, and now finally competitive martial arts, I would say martial arts by far is the overall "hardest".
With track and field and cross country, it's a lot of mental work. Not to understate the importance of physical training, but with simply the right attitude you can really push your body much harder than you think you can. I think I got decent at both, I quit my junior year in highschool but I ran a 15:59 3mile, a 4:40 1600m, and a 2:01 800m.
Gymnastics, for me at least, was MUCH easier to learn than I thought it would be. I learned how to backflip, back handspring, front flip, front handspring, aerial, back whip, and a few more tricks in one semester of highschool, with plenty more since. It may have been because I was already in very good shape from running so much, which gave me very powerful legs which helped a lot with jumping high enough to rotate in the air. Again, this sport is very mentally involved, if you THINK you can do a trick, then chances are you'll land it. If you don't, then expect a fat faceplant.
With my latest sport, competitive martial arts, its been a real struggle. I've been taking Muay Thai and sparring with fellow pupils and friends from different fighting styles, and lemme tell you, it's ha
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