Originally Posted by Greg Everett
Yes, you want a little extra.. but the splits is more than a little extra; mainly the side splits. With good Oly flexibility, you won't be too far off the front, but a legit side split is well beyond necessary. You just need to decide if you want specific functional flexibility or party tricks. Either is fine, just know what you're training for.
Good point Greg, I am going to focus more on the front splits. I am having a hard time thinking of when the flexibility of side splits would be beneficial (besides cool party tricks) as I am not a competing gymnast.