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Do any Olympic sports cut weight?

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  1. HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Are there any olympic sports where cutting weight is a popular way to gain an edge?

    I'm watching rowing now while doing the dishes, and they say it's "lightweight" where all rowers have to be 160 pounds or under. Clearly, that means there's a benefit to having bigger and stronger guys, at least to a point. Could these guys be like mma/boxers/wrestlers where they'll dehydrate from like 175 pounds to weigh in at 160 and be 175-180 when competing with their muscle mass intact? What is the weigh in procedure like, how long before the event does it happen? Things like power lifting I've always wondered if weight cutting happens.
     
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    Wrestling, weightlifting...
     
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  4. Pacemaker Joe Silver Belt

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    Rowing.

    You're unlikely to see weight cuts that are as severe as what gets pulled in MMA due to the length of the competition though. It's at least closer to cutting to make the weight class, rather than cutting from the heaviest weight possible. But yes, there are several sports with weight classes/limits.
     
  5. therealdope Titanium Belt

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    Yup. My wife is 5'10" but not hulk size like the heavyweight chicks so she had to cut to 128. She was one of the bigger lightweight rowers.
     
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    Basically the same disciplines that compose MMA.
     
  7. armbarforhire Brown Belt

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    Didnt know there were weight classes in rowing.

    Personally Im against weight classes in none combat sports.
     
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    Claressa Shields can become the first U.S. boxer, male or female, to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. She has lost just once in her career and is unbeaten since the London Games.
     
  9. armbarforhire Brown Belt

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    Do boxers have to make weight before each fight?

    Judo, TKD, weightlifting competitions take place over the course of one day bit boxers fight once every 2 days or so.
     
  10. lookslikeseen Orange Belt

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    Every sport that involves weight classes probably has weight cutting. You may not see extreme "Rumble" weight cuts but cutting still happens.

    If there are no weight classes you just compete at your optimal weight and call it a day.
     
  11. That I3astard Cruelty King of Oceania

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    I kind of disagree. I feel MMA should be skill-based, so I don't really have a problem with mixed-weight fights within reason (in theory, n practice we've seen that modern MMA is highly reliant on size), but in a sport where it is basically one skill repeated, like rowing, size and strength play a much bigger part. I don't give a fuck about rowing, but I can see why they would want weight-classes.
     
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    I thought Olympic sports did same day weighing, meaning the cut isn't as extreme
     
  14. youngsteinel Silver Belt

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    Nah, wrestling does weigh ins the day before
     
  15. senri The belt that resides inside you

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    People with longer limbs have much more range of motion to get the most out of a row. So a taller person with longer limbs can cut down to a weight to make themselves lighter as their shorter competitors and also make the boat lighter to travel faster. It's a mute person as i think most competitors do this lol.
     
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    I don't see it. If the sport is about strength and size then you are basically removing those things with weight classes.
    It's obviously more enjoyable for the thletes with weight classes and more enjoyable for the viewers due to being able to watch guys compete who otherwise couldn't because of their size but it's still a weird concept.
    If that was the case then there would have to be weight classes in the NFL as well and height classes in basketball
     

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