Pole dancing and competitive yoga in the Olympic Games? Supporters say it's possible

Pole dancing and competitive yoga in the Olympic Games? Supporters say it's possible

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 4: Kelly Duncan, representing Virginia, executes a pose during the Women's Finalist round at the USA Yoga National Yoga ASANA Championship on March 4, 2012 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. The final rounds, including ten women and ten men and a Youth Championship, are the result of over 100 competitors from 32 states being judged on poses' level difficulty, poise and composure, and grace of movement. (Photo by Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

(WHAS11) – The summer Olympics are almost here and we will see the typical events of diving, gymnastics, and swimming. We will not, however, see competitive yoga or pole dancing, but could we in the future?

It is known as a Zen way to get a work out but yoga competitions are popping up across the country. Athletes pick a routine of seven poses and are judged on their strength, flexibility, balance, and grace. There is a push to make yoga an internationally competitive sport but it will likely take many years before we see it in the Olympic Games.

How about pole dancing? Serious pole dancers are pushing to make it a sport and these pole performers could soon be going for the gold. The president of the International Pole Sport Federation is spearheading the push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport. Organizers say there needs to be more public awareness about the sport before it could go on a global stage like the Olympics.

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