08/08/2012 12:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

If the Olympic Games Turned into the Hunger Games, Which Athletes Would Win?

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By Cristina Hartmann, Lawyer by Day, Writer by Night

Well, I think we can do one better and break it down into specific groups.

The Careers- they get all of the training, attention and glory. You can't turn on the TV without seeing their handsome mugs.
  • Pentathlon - javelin, discus throwing, and wrestling strike me as great preparation for spears, maces, and just all-out grappling in the Arena. These men and women are the top all-around athletes. They can run, throw, and jump. This is totally District 2.
  • Gymnastics - these men and women are no frou-frou poodles. You need some serious muscle and balance to deal with the rings, vaults, and floor exercises. This is totally District 1. (Another contender is Figure Skating.)
  • Swimming - these swimmers have incredible upper-body strength. Just look at the butterfly stroke. Also, they tend to be tall specimens, so I have no doubt they'd hold their own in a fight. This is totally District 4. (Track and Field would do well here too.)
The Others - the other districts don't get as much attention as the Careers, but that doesn't mean that they can't win ... sometimes.
  • Speed Skating (short track) - not only do speed skaters need to be fit, they need to be strategic. It's a scrappy, ruthless, and harsh sport.
  • Biathlon - okay maybe this is a bit of a stretch since Hunger Games does not allow shooting, but bear with me here. These athletes know endurance, strategy, and precision shooting. I'd think that their skills would transfer easily to slingshots, bows, and other weapons.
  • Archery - psh, c'mon. Katniss would totally medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The actual winner for the Hunger Games would, like always, depend on the circumstances. Most of the times, it'll be the Careers, but every once in a while, a speed skater, biathlete, or an archer will win.

Happy Hunger Games!

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