Olympic Games Sports Planners Would Win

By Matt Swenson, July 4, 2016

Olympians have nothing on sports planners when it comes to overcoming hurdles. In honor of this year’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve come up with a few Olympic-style events planning professionals would medal in.

The Venue Dash: Whether it’s 100 or 1,000 yards, there’s no distance a sports planner or rights holder won’t sprint to prevent a disaster.

Cellphone Toss: Think of it as a cross between the discus throw and shot put events. Planners can heave phones in frustration with the best of athletes. (We advise using old, deactivated devices.)

Synchronized Sitting: Sports planners turn the task of getting people in the right position at the right time into an art form, not unlike the en masse swimming competitions at the real Olympics.

Arm Twisting: Planners wrestle with venue management over prices constantly, giving them good practice for this most appropriate of competitions.

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