With the 2012 Olympics in London comes the once-every-four-years realization that there are a lot of weird events in the Summer Games. One of the less-well-known events is the fancy and not-at-all-ridiculous sport of dressage, which famous political analyst Stephen Colbert has just declared the Sport of the Summer for 2012.
The Colbert Report ran a feature on Tuesday about Rafalca, a horse owned by Mitt Romney and his wife. Rafalca has just made the U.S. Olympic dressage team and will be headed to London. Stephen Colbert was, understandably, quite excited about the news and celebrated in the only way that really makes sense.
I don't think we need a gallop poll to tell us that this year's dressage event will be eagerly anticipated by the average viewer. You canter believe what some of these fancy horsies can do! You can bet your oats that we'll see a real mane event in the dressage paddock in London. Let the big networks trot out their so-called big events like swimming and gymnastics; the rest of us will be champing at the bit to get our fill of horse-sports and we won't let lack of television coverage halter our enthusiasm. I'm not trying to stirrup any controversy, but maybe we should buck the system and demand the networks give us more dressage coverge. Shout yourselves horse! U-S-A! U-S-A!
You can see Colbert's full segment on the wonderful world of dressage in the video below.
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