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Is Pole Dancing a Sport?

Written on February 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm , by

Gold-medal worthy? Well, at least I got the gold sequins down...

Gold-medal worthy? Well, at least I got the gold sequins down...

Turns out that some people feel “pole fitness” is not only a sport, but should also be in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. .…Pause for effect….

And the state leading the charge?  Utah. That’s where The Pole Fitness Association, International Pole Sports Federation and Pole Dance International Magazine are all located.

Huh. Who knew?!

Anyway, Salt Lake City’s ABC station did a short segment about it this morning. But as many of us already know, pole dancing workouts aren’t really brand new–the pic of me to the right is from more than two years ago, at a friend’s birthday party. It was a fun time and worked a few different muscles for me, but when I heard there’s a campaign to get pole fitness into the Olympics, I just had to ask what you ladies think.

Do you think pole dancing—even the extreme, athletic routines—is a sport? Should it be in the Olympics?