Throwback Thursday: Weirdest Olympic Games Sports
(07 Apr 2016)

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Throwback Thursday: Weirdest Olympic Games Sports

Did you know? The first international Olympic Games held in the modern era took place this week 120 years ago in 1896!

As the world gears up for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August, for ‘Throwback Thursday’ this morning we're checking out the weirdest Olympic sports over the past 120 years.

Tug of war

Tug of war Olympic Games Expresso

Popular school playground game ‘Tug-of-war’ was an actual sport at the Olympics in the early 1900's, but has not been included since.

The last country to win a gold medal for Tug of War was Great Britian at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The Netherlands came in second and Belgium took the bronze medal.

Solo synchronized swimming

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Solo synchronized swimming was a sport in the Olympics between 1984 and 1992. This strange sport involved one person dancing in the water, alone and to music.

Live pigeon shooting

Live pigeon shooting Olympic Games Expresso

Animal lovers like ourselves are quite happy that ‘live pigeon shooting’ is no longer an official sport at the Olympics!

Live pigeon shooting was held only once in Olympic history, in 1900. The rather cruel objective of the event was for competitors to try and shoot as many pigeons as possible. Today clay targets are used instead – thankfully!

Rope climbing

Rope climbing Olympic Games Expresso

Up until the 1932 Games in Los Angeles, rope climbing was an Olympic sport!

Athletes had to climb an 8metre long rope using only their hands and arms as fast as they could, while trying to hold their body in a perfect ‘L’ shape.

What sport or event are you looking forward to most at this year's Olympics?



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