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The debate is on. What are the toughest tasks in sports? USA TODAY's Sports staff took up the challenge to produce a top-10 list. Counting down to No. 1, we'll provide our picks. We'll look at these sports through our own eyes, as wannabe athletes sharing our misadventures in the search for sporting stardom. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ten-hardest-splash.htm

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10) The Downhill http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2003-02-17-ten-hardest-downhill_x.htm
9) Saving a penalty kick http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2003-02-18-ten-hardest-penalty-kick_x.htm
8) Tour de France http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2003-02-19-ten-hardest-tour-de-france_x.htm
7) Running a marathon http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2003-02-20-ten-hardest-marathon_x.htm
6) Landing a Quadruple toe loop http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2003-02-23-ten-hardest-quad_x.htm
5) Returning a tennis serve http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2003-02-24-return-explanation_x.htm
 

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6 down 4 to go

What do you predict to be the final 4??

I say:
Hitting a baseball
something about golf?
triathlon?
cross-country skiing
 

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I dont know but Formula 1 Racing better be in there. Most likely they will jumble all as "racing"
 

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Tour de France!

IMHO, no other sporting event is as difficult as the TdF.
marathon, triathlon, downhill, etc are all difficult events even to finish, let alone win BUT....

...consider what it would be like to do any of these events day after day for 20 straight days!!!( the only off day is a travel day in most TdF).

you can argue that there are more difficult single day events, or that some specific achievements require more technical skill or greater physical attributes but taken as a "singular" event, NOTHING in the world compares to the Tour de France!!!

chris

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Tour de France is on the list

The Tour de France is Number 8 on the list. I suppose we can debate the merits of the already chosen tasks, but I was curious what the remaining 4 sports would be.

PS: They are being revealed daily, one at a time, so number 4 will be tomorrow.
 

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IMHO, no other sporting event is as difficult as the TdF.NOTHING in the world compares to the Tour de France!!!:9:
Totally Agree! Despite what Lance has done, I feel the Tour does not get the respect it deserves in this country. Lance has won four straight, he is truly in a rare class.
Only four people have won five Tours-Anquentil(France), Mercks (Belgium), Hinualt (France), and Indurain, first 5-time consecutive winner (Spain). The first American to race the Tour was Johnathan Boyer, his biggest contribution to the Tour was breaking the predjudicial barriers in Europe for American riders to follow, like the 7-11 team, Motorola, and now US Postal.
American Greg LeMond also made a major contribution by not only winning the Tour, but also the World Championship (won both 3 times,) he actually raced for a European team throughout the entire racing season.
I love to watch the Tour on TV every year. Actually saw a stage going through Dunkirk in 2001. Most demanding sporting event by far.
 

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msu79gt82 said:
. . . I was curious what the remaining 4 sports would be . . .
one is probably a Shaquile O'Neal free throw attempt :2:
 

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Sweeping an 8-ender

Playing lead on a 3-man curling team, so you throw 3 rocks and then have sweep five consecutive rocks single-handedly! Over 8 ends, a truly grueling experience.

Not much compares, let me tell you.

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#5 is interesting, since I'm a tennis player, returning a 130mph serve can be accomplish IF the serve is within your reach by just blocking the return but if it's place perfectly then there's no way you can hit it. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Playing lead on a 3-man curling team, :)
Och aye! I forgot about that one, and then of course there's the "sweeper" position as well . . . :2:
 

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Hitting a baseball. . . hands down
 

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#5 is interesting, since I'm a tennis player, returning a 130mph serve can be accomplish IF the serve is within your reach by just blocking the return but if it's place perfectly then there's no way you can hit it. Just my 2 cents.
True, but I think people that do not play against very good players realize how tough it is to return serve against a really good tennis player. I played quite a bit when I was younger but still had no idea until I played against a few semi-pros just for kicks. Wow! Consistently returning serve is very tough - much tougher than it looks. IMO not as hard as hitting a Nolan Ryan fastball or curveball but very tough.
 

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Boxing should be in one of the remaining three. 10 or more physically exhausting three minute rounds while someone is trying to bash your brains out.....
 

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Rolling a 300 or probably more difficult an 800 series.
 

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Strike that. . . I'd have to say, a 7-10 split conversion or an 800 series. I've seen 300's rolled, I've never seen a 7-10 split converted.
 

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I'll bet it's getting a hit in Major League Baseball , hitting Roger Clements or Pedro with the defense behind them would be very tough .
 
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