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Shek
18 Jan 11,, 12:47
Are "pro" wrestlers athletes?

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bigross86
18 Jan 11,, 13:37
If going by the strictest definition of the word "Athlete" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsperson), then yes.


A sportsperson (gendered as sportsman or sportswoman) or athlete is a person trained to compete in a sport involving physical strength, speed or endurance. Sportspeople may be professional or amateur.[1]

Most professional sportspeople have particularly well-developed physiques obtained by extensive physical training and strict exercise accompanied by a strict dietary regimen.

The word "athlete" is a Romanticization of the Greek: άθλητὴς, athlētēs, one who participates in a contest; from ἂθλος, áthlos, or ἂθλον, áthlon, a contest or feat.

bonehead
18 Jan 11,, 19:42
Absolutely. Unfortunately, their "contests" are little more than staged side show attractions.

gunnut
18 Jan 11,, 19:51
Well, they are entertainers. Athletes are entertainers. So are actors and musicians, but we can tell the difference.

Parihaka
18 Jan 11,, 22:00
Of course they are, staged physical contest as entertainment. I'd also hazard a guess they're the most successful behind soccer in cash flow as well.