There is a sport called Bull Leaping,
not an Olympic sport, although it has been around even before the first ever
Olympic Games in 776 BC. Bull Leaping can still be seen in south-west France
where it is traditionally known as the Course Landaise. Unlike bullfighting, it
is animal friendly and is meant to show off the acrobatic and vaulting skills of
Here is an etching of a vaulter made by
the Spanish artist Francisco Goya.
And here is a photograph of a modern
Both these images are taken from the
Bull-leaping page on Wikipedia at
So what relevance has all this to the
modern Olympic Games?
It is obvious from the above images that
bull leapers must be excellent vaulters and/or acrobatic gymnasts
Could there be a link between Taurus
athletes and these bull leaping skills?
This is the chart that shows the link.
All Rhythmic Gymnastics and Pole Vaulting Competitions
The probability is just under 1 in
200,000. Considering the low number of medals awarded in these competitions,
this is a really powerful association. Putting it another way, Taurus athletes
have been awarded 128% more medals than expected by chance.
Taurus female athletes, although not
performing as well as their male Taurus counterparts, still perform better at
these competitions than female athletes of any other Zodiac sign and so they
have been included in this chart.
On the subject of female athletes,
Taurean women, from the statistical point of view, are definitely more
interesting than their Aries counterparts. They’ve even stolen their glory in
Ice Hockey medals!
All Women’s Ice Hockey medallists
You can see from this chart that,
although women Aries athletes have slightly more medals than expected, it is the
Taurus athletes that are significantly greater than chance. (Probability of
nearly 1 in 100). Taurean Ice Hockey players are indeed the bully girls!
Could this mean that Women’s Ice Hockey
is a more gymnastic type of game than the aggressive male game?
And, talking of stealing glory, they’ve
also done it in swimming to their Pisces counterparts! Well, not totally, or the
Pisces effect wouldn’t stand up, but it is true in one particular style of
swimming called the butterfly. Here is the chart.
All Women’s Butterfly and Swimming Medley Competitions
I have chosen to add in the medleys
because the butterfly is included but actually it makes little difference to the
probability of over 1 in 160.
Just as an aside, the equivalent chart
for male butterfly is highly significantly uniform. This means that athletes in
all Zodiac signs are awarded almost exactly the number of medals that you would
expect from chance. To be so close to chance as this set is actually not common
Taurus athletes born in 1985, 1986 or
1987 were awarded proportionately far more medals than their counterparts in
other Zodiac signs. They gained 21 medals instead of the 8.5 expected by chance.
The probability of this happening is greater than 50,000 to 1