Top 10 Olympic Sports You Didn’t Know Existed

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The wide world of sports at the Olympics is a lot stranger than you think it is. Shooting , swimming , tennis etc are the sports that come to our minds when we think about Olympics but you will be astonished to see how some weird, super weird sports found their place in some Olympics or the other. Some are still continued but others have been discontinued. I give to you a list of sports which you didn’t have known to have existed but have, at one time or another, taken place at the Games.

 

1. Pigeon Shooting

pigeon shooting

What are grandfathers used to do as a hobby sport was actually a part of the Olympics . The object of this sport was to kill as many pigeons as possible. The birds were released in front of a participant and the winner was the competitor who shot down the most birds from the sky. Real pigeons were used. (I am sure at that time PeTA wasn’t there to intervene ). It was a very messy event as the end saw dead and injured pigeons on the ground and blood and feathers all over the place. Thankfully the 1900 Psrid Olympics was the only time this event was featured in the Olympics history. In the London Olympics of when running dear ere shown as targets, cardboard ones were used.

 

2. Race Walking

race walking

Yes, it’s true. You can actually have a race while walking. The only rule is at any moment of time one of your feet should completely touch the ground. Sounds easy? Try it once. You will very well get to know why is It an Olympic sport. the sport is largely ignored and often ridiculed, so getting the chance to race on international television once every four years ought to be cause for celebration for the runners or rather I should say walkers. The race is not small though. Men compete in 20-kilometer and 50-kilometer races while women in 20 kilometers . Racers often face disqualification because of the ultra modern cameras used for judging which easily catches if the fundamental rule of the race is followed or not. This sport has been a part of the Olympics since 1904.

 

3. Underwater Swim Race

underwater swim race

A strange rather a very difficult sport. The competitors were awarded two points for each meter swum underwater, and one point for each second that they stayed under water. The popularity of the sport was less though, because the spectators could not see underwater, but with enhanced technology and with underwater cameras this event can make a comeback soon. This event was only featured once at the Paris Summer Olympics in the year 1900.

 

4. Swimming Obstacle Race

swimming obstacle race

As strange as this sport may seem, the obstacles swimmers had to overcome are even more unusual. In the 1900 Games in Paris (the only time this sport was featured in the Olympics ), swimmers crawled over boats, swam under them and climbed a pole — all the while swimming 200 meters in the Seine. All this was done in the River Seine, so the competitors also had to cope up with the heavy current of the river. Australia bagged gold in this event . The event has been discontinued since then.

 

5. Roller Hockey

roller hockey

Take roller skating and combine it with ice hockey, what you get is roller hockey. Roller Hockey debuted at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The game follows the rules of ice hockey, but with roller skates. The rules were same was of ice hockey just that it was played with the roller skates on. The final was played between the Spanish host and Argentina, the latter being victorious. 1922 was the only year when Roller Hockey was a part of the Olympics. It will be again featured in the 2016 Oylmpic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

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