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Everything You Need to Know About Cornhole in the Olympics: Europe is the Key

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Cornhole Olympian!?! Just what the world has been waiting for.




Do you have the dream of seeing cornhole at the Olympics? Why not!


While cornhole is not as glamorous as synchronized swimming, stylish as ping pong, or rad as surfing, it’s rapidly growing in the USA, Canada, and Europe and can be played by anyone with very little equipment or training costs.


Do we really need to watch yet another 21 year old Russian with testosterone/steroid enhanced 6 pack abs winning some boring race or throwing a stick? Snooze. They all dope anyways…



What actually makes a good Olympics?


Cornhole has the potential to secure great sponsors to fund the athletes, is easy to broadcast for TV and online viewership, and exceptionally fun to watch “alt-athletes” of all body shapes and sizes, male or female, young or old take the championship.


To be considered for involvement in the Olympics, 75 countries have to widely play the sport over 4 continents.




Whoa.


Have you ever tried to tell a story to someone that doesn’t speak English? Perhaps order something while on vacation overseas? Something like regular coffee that has cream in it, and you think you really nailed it with your pseudo translation. Your face drops when the server comes back with an espresso with a sugar packet bigger than the actual coffee and a cute tiny spoon. Smiling politely you try to say thanks in ______ blank language and cry a little on the inside because you want a real cup of coffee, not this paltry little shot of supertest espresso with no cream. What’s up with the tiny spoons for a half swallow of coffee anyways? So many tiny dishes. Such different culture!




Proving that 75 different countries like to play cornhole is a coordination nightmare! 75 different cultures must connect and communicate to spread what is essentially an “American” game. Massive cultural capital is required to vault it to the Olympic level.


It seems insurmountable. A pipedream for us cornhole lovers. The USA definitely has amazing players, but our strength is also our weakness. We are only one nation despite our competitiveness.


So on the Cornhole-Makes-the-Olympics checklist : 1 nation (USA), 1 continent (North America). That’s a pretty short list even if we have people from all 50 states competing. What about the other 74 nations and other 3 continents?


Getting cornhole into the Olympics just can’t be done in the Western hemisphere. Why?


It’s too vast and we’re too disconnected from each other.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body and marketing machine of the Olympics and recognizes 206 countries. About 40% of the nations need to have documented participation in the sport to be considered as valid for an Olympic bid.


Here’s the breakdown of nations by continent: