Mako_Shark saidThere has been a petition going around to get the Olympic committee to consider pole acrobatics for the 2016 Olympics. Most people don't know this, but there is a Pole Dancing Federation that offers competitions for pole acrobats to compete in. It's no different of a sport as say, gymnastics.
Well I couldn't help but think that should happen myself, after I saw this guy perform, and now your clip. I suppose the greatest objection might be the association with strip clubs.
As you know, the original ancient Greek Olympic Games were based on military skills, and our modern Olympic events in turn derive and evolved from them. Even much of gymnastic sports in fact has a military basis, in leaping, climbing, scaling and vaulting over obstacles. The further military connection with track & field events is even more obvious, and even pole vaulting is based on an ancient technique to defeat barricades, ditches, moats and low walls.
Therefore, it might help the cause of pole acrobatics if a military connection could be found, perhaps something related to climbing trees or poles, instead of being mostly thought of as a form of erotic entertainment. Just a thought, because I like the idea of it becoming an Olympic event.