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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Extremely Political

Skateboarder Danny Way jumped over the Great Wall of China yesterday (Saturday, July 9).
Jumping over the wall has evidently become something of a fad lately, but Way was the first person to do it without the assistance of a motor.
Way already held the world skateboarding records for height (23 1/2 feet) and distance (79 feet). The wall jump was only 61 feet horizontally, so it wasn't a new record.
Here's what really caught my eye, though: The Chinese minister of extreme sports was among the thousands of spectators.
Now, a lot of countries have a minister of sports, but I've never heard of a minister of extreme sports before.
I wonder if China also has a minister of non-extreme sports?