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150,000 want pole dancing to be an Olympic sport

La Crosse (WXOW) - A new Olympic sport could be on the horizon-pole dancing.

But could an activity usually associated with strip clubs ever be considered a sport? Let alone one for the Olympics?

It's the goal of pole dancers across the country, who say they have collected nearly 150,000 signatures to petition the Olympic committee to make pole dancing an Olympic event.

Supporters point to international championships held the past two years and even liken it to other Olympic events.

"I would look to a sport like gymnastics especially with the apparatus type competition," says pole dancer Jasmin Bristow.  "They're on a horizontal bar, we're on a vertical bar."

Don't expect to see pole dancing among the 2012 games in London.  It's past the deadline for new events to get added.

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