Pole vaulting: Olympic event since 1896. Pole dancing: Olympic event starting in 2016? It's not out of the question. Last year, the Pole Fitness Association circulated petitions to get the dance form into the 2012 Summer Games. Alas, the International Olympic Committee must have deemed pole dancing more Las Vegas than London because it did not make the cut. But the campaign goes on.
Rafaella Montanaro of Brazil performs during the women's division grand final competition of the International Pole Championship in Tokyo on Dec. 9, 2010.
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