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What sports did you play growing up?

Old 02-08-10, 10:01 PM
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Soccer was the only game I played with any sort of dedication and even that, in the later years was just Sunday League stuff. Running about in ankle deep, freezing mud, nursing a hangover and wondering how much longer it will be till the final whistle when you can go get a drink. Golden days.

But over the years, I've ran a few marathons, slithered around on skis, windsurfed, played field hockey, shot trap and targets and played darts down the pub. Not all at the same time though.
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I participated in a lot of different sports: soccer, track & field, judo, sailing, skiing, tennis, basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, horse riding, bike riding, swimming...

However, growing up in western France (Brittany) the main sport was soccer in which I competed up into the military. But my main sport from age 13 to 20 was horse riding with several years of jumping competition, it was my passion until other activities limited my availability for the sport. I did ride a couple of times since moving to the US, it was very enjoyable. I did College after my military obligations and discovered rugby in which I competed for 4 years, I loved the camaraderie and the 3rd half (party time). I also did a couple track & field competitions, I was very fast so I specialized in 100m dash and a few 400m. My nickname in College was; "the man who runs faster than his shadow".
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I played soccer. For the trophy. I was always awful at team sports, so I took up cycling. Now I'm awful at individual sports.
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Old 02-08-10, 10:55 PM
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soccer, tennis, cross country, tae kwon do, weight lifting, I wasn't really any good at any of them. And now I'm mediocre at cycling, too. yea
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Baseball and football. Probably explains why I'm 200lbs. Or maybe it was the entire pan of brownies I ate for lunch.
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hockey- I was a goalie from the age of 8 through the varsity high school team and a bit in men's leagues after that but not as a goalie. I spent most of my adolescence and teens in a hockey rink. Also played a lot of golf, surfed and went snowboarding as much as possible in the winter which led to me up moving to the mountains and working at a resort for the 2004-2005 season... I miss riding 6 days a week :'(

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Old 02-08-10, 11:30 PM
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Baseball (I was decent but not great: made All-Area two years; got some sniffs from some Div II schools); football (ditto); basketball (short and poor ball handler but good defense and decent outside shooter). Played some soccer and rugby recreationally in college and after. I wish I'd discovered them earlier, because they seemed to be a good fit for someone like me who had good footspeed but not a lot of size.
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Growing up in the most sport obsessed city in Australia it was expected, so I've played almost all the usual ones. I was never disciplined or mentally strong enough to dedicate myself to a particular sport and to be honest I was just lazy.

I also have family members who've played sport at an international level so ''games" were pretty competitive when we were all growing up.

I have the physique for Rugby, Football, Boxing. A terrible one for Cycling but I love it.
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Old 02-08-10, 11:44 PM
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Growing up in the most sport obsessed city in Australia it was expected, so I've played almost all the usual ones. I was never disciplined or mentally strong enough to dedicate myself to a particular sport and to be honest I was just lazy.

I also have family members who've played sport at an international level so ''games" were pretty competitive when we were all growing up.

I have the physique for Rugby, Football, Boxing. A terrible one for Cycling but I love it.

I tell you what, that Aussie Rules looks like a hellaciously fun game.
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Old 02-08-10, 11:47 PM
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Recreational touring / cycling, ran track in high school.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I tell you what, that Aussie Rules looks like a hellaciously fun game.
I'm from Melbourne where it started and we have 10 teams in a city of under 4 million. Just crazy.
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Old 02-09-10, 12:07 AM
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Ice Hockey, Tennis, Auto-Racing.

That last one became too expensive so I took up bike racing.
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Old 02-09-10, 12:35 AM
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I ran track and sang in the choir. Its not so hard to lay claim to a position on the varsity squad, at least in sprints, when your school consists of apprx. only 800 people, all of whom are white. 11.7 sec. 100m. MAN thats fast...

Edit:: I guess is this is supposed to be more expansive. Prior to track in middle and high school, I messed around with soccer as well as Tae Kwon Do.
Man-o-man do I have pathetic stories of personal failure from Tae Kwon Do...

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I can do you better. My HS was only 450 and the track team could never get enough kids to cover all the events so when the league and regional meets came up, they'd always ask for volunteers from the baseball and tennis teams. I remember being taught the triple jump about 15 minutes before the event. It was ugly...
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Oh gawd, I can only imagine. Absolutely no offense, but from what I've seen, it takes a good deal of time and practice with the triple jump just to be proficient enough to not look like a total klutz.

I spose its not a bad idea to recruit like that, though. We always just threw the points away in those situations.
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I rode my bike..That was good .A neighbor had their pool open for nearby visitors.
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Old 02-09-10, 03:00 AM
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I was pretty boring back in the days. I attended gym class and was put on Judo by my parents (why!?!) for about half a year. Only got into cycling last year.
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In school, forced by sadistic teachers:
swimming, more swimming and swimming.
Also football, rugby, track and field, cricket, cross country running, field hockey, gymnastics, water polo, basket ball and a bit of fencing

From choice later on: squash and golf
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I played Soccer from age 4 to about 12. American football and sailing till I graduated Highschool. In college, it was racquetball, running, kneeboarding, mountain biking and beer drinking. Now I'm just down to mainly Road biking and beer drinking with a little mountain biking interspersed.
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I played baseball all the way through college and a little in single A.
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I played soccer from age 5 through college, I started playing ice hockey at 12 and still play in men's league now. I played basketball for a couple years but I was awful at it. I surfed and skateboarded a lot as a kid, I used to ski as well. Damn I wish I had more free time and less responsibility so I can do those things again.
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I played Little League baseball for 3 years, was on the junior high track team for maybe six weeks (sprinter: 100 and 220 yards...see, that's how old I am, back then we called them by yards rather than meters!), and played lots of informal pick-up tag football, lacrosse, softball, street hockey, and basketball games. But by the time I was 15 years old I was heavily into music, had my own band, and so started on a decidedly non-athletic course for the next ~30 years. It took cycling to get me back outdoors.
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growing up in NY there were basketball hoops and cement walls everywhere - we played stick ball; basketball; errors; rode our bikes absolutely everywhere. got invited to join the college basketball team by the team coach who was beating my ass at raquetball in a game of cut-throat with my trainer/coach and him. those two barely broke a sweat and I was knocking myself out. I think the coach liked that I had hussle and would't let anything get by me. I still came in 3rd in a 3 man game ... hahaha
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track and field (distance events / cross country running + pole vault), crew (rowing)
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I swam from about 7 to 16 then lost interest because I knew everything.

Played on an adult slow pitch team after some persuasion from friends for all of about 2 months several years ago... stopped showing up after about the 5th time fights broke out and players (on both sides) were getting arrested. Sorry, that's not my speed.

Took up MX in my early 20's and had a blast. Raced 250 A's and open money; was one of the first 4-stroke believers around here back in 98. Kind of lost interest in that when I was 27 or so.

Got into cycling at about 26 because I wanted something to do without having to drive 100 miles to ride an MX track every weekend. Thought it would be cheaper, too. Wrong on both counts.
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