Ah, the Olympics: the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat- the rooting for the home team while on the couch. The Summer and Winter Olympic events convey the utmost in agility, speed, skill and sportsmanship, whether it’s figure skating, gymnastics, skiing, swimming or… tug of war?
Okay, so maybe not all Olympic events showcase epitomized athleticism. Here are five of the
most noteworthy and dumbest Olympic sports ever played.
Remember when you were a kid and you desperately wanted to become friends with anyone
who had a trampoline in their yard? If you were one of those kids, you may have ended up as an Olympic Trampolining master. In fairness, it sounds nerve-racking to fly through the air doing acrobatic stunts and then try to miss the metal part on the way down. This one is still an Olympic event!
Tug of War
The one elementary school field day event that EVERYONE wants to be on the list for. This
event was showcased at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, possibly the oddest Olympic Games in
history. The Swedish/Danish team took the Gold over France. The rope burn may have been
Live Pigeon Shooting
Am I the only person surprised that this glorious event only happened at the weirdo 1900 Paris Olympics? My guess as to why this event was discontinued may have had something to do with not being able to hire someone to clean up afterward.
Pistols at dawn… don’t forget your face masks. This event was held in 1906 and involved the
players using wax bullets to try to shoot each other in the face. Later Titanic survivor Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon was a famous participant in the event. Maybe this is how we should have heads of state settle international affairs!
If only this event were still around, we may not have as many stocky city planners. This riveting
sport was actually included as an event several times – in 1928, 1932, 1936 and 1948. Charles Downing Lay won the 1936 Silver for Marine Park, a historical park in the Jamaica Bay area of Brooklyn, NYC. Gold medal goes to the guy who remembers to include cleaner public toilets at subway stations.