By M. W. Byrne

17 Strange Sports That Were Actually In The Olympics

In honor of the fine men and women who seek to conquer the world in the oddest way possible, we give you the 17 strangest Olympic sports of games both new and old.

Tug-of-War

It was one of the original games from the early Olympics that took place in 500 B.C.E. Each team had 8 people and were required to pull the rope a full 6-feet, or have pulled the furthest within 5 minutes.

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Trampolining

A relatively new addition to the Olympic circuit, trampolining was added in 2000 and continues to be a fun event to witness, if only in an attempt to recapture our lost childhood.

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Live Pigeon Shooting

This bloody disaster only appeared in the Olympics once, at the 1900 Olympic games in Paris. The competition consisted of shooting as many pigeons as possible in the allotted time.

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Club Swinging

Combining the mesmerizing act of juggling with the athleticism of standing still, Club Swinging involved whipping around a bunch of items shaped like bowling pins.

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Solo Synchronized Swimming

It was introduced in 1984, during the height of the cocaine trade, and stopped in 1992 when everyone sobered up. Imagine depressing water ballet and you’ll wonder how it lasted that long.

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Steeplechase

These days, the horses have been removed and the new Steeplechase is a group of people running obstacle courses that are not nearly as fun as those in the Spartan or Tough Mudder competitions.

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Croquet & Roque

While Croquet is one of the few alleged sports that can make Curling look exciting, it does have the distinction of being the first game that women could play in the Olympics.

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