This weekend, 11 women competed in the 2011 U.S. Pole Dancing Championship in New York City as a way to legitimize the activity as a sport. Watching the aerial acrobatics that defy gravity in this clip, it's hard to argue that pole dancing is anything but. (In case you were wondering, they have to wear skimpy outfits in order for their skin to be exposed enough to help them stick to the pole).

Pole dancers seek to ditch stripper stigma [CBS News]

Earlier:
The New Magazine That's Just For Pole Dancers
The Seriously Impressive International Pole-Dancing Championship
Pole Dancer Magazine Features Kids