Olympic Edition, Sports 12 Strange Discontinued Olympic Events
By: CoachingLife • 4 years ago •
200M SWIMMING OBSTACLE RACE
Competitors had to climb over a pole, then scramble over a row of boats, then swim under another row of boats. Only ever held once, and Australian Frederick Lane won it, knowing that the stern was the best way to get over a boat. Last seen: 1900
PLUNGE FOR DISTANCE SWIMMING EVENT
Competitors made a standing dive, then had to remain motionless underwater for one minute, or until their heads broke the surface, whichever came first. Last seen: 1904
TUG OF WAR
Each team of 8 had to pull the other team 6 feet along in order to win. Controversy reigned in 1908 when the Liverpool Police team competed in “enormous shoes, so heavy, in fact, it was with great effort they could lift their feet from the ground”. Last seen: 1920
LIVE PIGEON SHOOTING
The first and only time live animals were killed on purpose in an Olympic event.
Competitors did not throw with both hands together, but had to throw separately with left and right hands, and the combined score determined the winner. Last seen: 1912
As part of the Gymnastics program of the Olympics, competitors raced to the top of the rope in the shortest time possible. When it was first held, only two competitors reached the top of the rope! Last seen: 1932
UNDERWATER SWIMMING RACE
Competitors were awarded points for every metre travelled and every second they stayed underwater. Last seen: 1900
Only ever held once, and France won all the medals unsurprisingly due to the overwhelming amount of French competitors. It was not a success as only one spectator attended. Last seen: 1900
Competitors shot at human silhouettes dressed in frock coats with a bull’s eye on the chest. Last seen: 1906
100M RUNNING DEER SHOOTING
Shooting at a deer-shaped target that made 10×75 foot runs. Sweden has been the most successful country in this event. Last seen: 1948
SOLO SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING
A single person swimming to music. All alone. Can this really still be called synchronised swimming? Last seen: 1992
Medals given in 5 categories: Architecture, Literature, Music, Painting and Sculpture. Only one person has won a gold medal for both the art and sports competition – Walter Winans (Running Deer and Sculpture). Last seen: 1948
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