In the grand pantheon of Olympic sports, few are as lame as race walking. I'm sure these are very committed, talented athletes. But whenever race walking appears on my TV, I'm sent lurching for my remote like a drunken meerkat. All of this got me thinking: how to improve the experience of race walk viewing? The solution is surprisingly simple.
First, watch this video of a woman doing a little race walking:
Boooooooring. But now, turn down the sound on this clip, and watch it again. Except this time, play this video simultaneously (but wait a few seconds for the sound):
Magical! Maracas and race walking, together at last. The combination of a ridiculous sport and a tragically under-appreciated rhythm instrument makes for Olympic gold. Tell your friends.