Olympics sports they should definitely bring back (12 Photos)
Featured in the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympics, Cross Country was dominated by the Scandinavians and in particular legendary Finnish athlete Paavo Nurmi. It was discontinued (probably because ‘Big’ nations weren’t winning it) although it is contested as part of the modern pentathlon.
Part of the Olympic program 5 times between 1900 and 1936, Great Britain was (predictably) dominant. Such was Ol’Blighty’s dominance they even finished 1,2, and 3 at the 1908 games with rider John Wodehouse (the supposed inspiration for Bertie Wooster in his kinsman P.G Wodehouse’s Jeeves series of novels) the most successful Polo Olympian of all time.
100 Metre Running Deer
Ok, so they didn’t shoot an actual deer but the aim of this event was to shoot a deer shaped target as it zigzagged down a course making ten 75-feet runs. The event ran from 1908 to 1948 and was dominated by the Swedes.
Why is there a discrimination against Scandinavian’s winning things? Must be jealous of their women…
17-Man Naval Rowing Boats
Ran at the 1906 Intercalated Games (a celebration held in Athens between the ‘official games’), 17 men rowed 3,000 metres in big bastard boats. Sort of like the lifeboats on the Titanic maybe. Probably.
Greece came first and second (hmmm) with Italy coming third.
There were 3 categories of the discipline at the 1908 Games (the eight-meter, 60-foot, open class) and Britain won gold in two of them (UK!UK!UK!). Not that anyone saw it. With bad weather cancelling 6 of the 9 races and its location off the coast of Southampton making it a crap spectators sport, it was quickly banished from the game.
A roque tournament was contested at only one Olympic Games, the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. Roque is kind of like croquet. And if you don’t know croquet is, then you are a savage. Or just Google it.
The USA won all three medals, which was not surprising as all the competitors were American. The US actually won 239 total medals at those games. Germany came second with 13. Probably something to do with only 42 of the 94 events including athletes from nations other than the US.
I feel like this Games shouldn’t count…
Duelling Pistol Shooting
Held at the 1906 Intercalated Games, it required competitors to shoot at human silhouettes dressed in frock coats, with a bull’s eye on the dummy’s chest. AWESOME!
When duelling waning in polite society (bring it back!), the event was never seen again in the same form.
Despite being brought a demonstration sports as recently as at Barcelona in 1992, the only time Basque Pelota was an official sport was at Paris in 1900. The game is kind of like squash but with scoopy things. Interestingly, in 1900, only one match was played (between France and Spain) and the result is unknown.
They both get a gold medal for pointlessness from me.
Lacrosse has been on the official Olympic program twice, in 1904 and 1908, bro. In 1904 two Canadian teams just went about challenging local teams (the Olympics were different then) and in 1908 only Canada and Great Britain competed, bro. Canada won 14-10, bro.
FUN FACT: In 1908, when Frank Dixon of Canada broke his stick, British opponent R. G. W. Martin offered to withdraw from the game until a new one was found. Cool story, bro.
Known at the time as Jeu de Paume, this rather aristocratic event was held only once at the 1908 games. It is sort of a mixture between lawn tennis, racquet ball and squash.
The results were gold forJay Gould (United States), silver Eustace Miles (Great Britain) and bronze for Neville Lytton (Great Britain).
Those are some quality British person name.
The one-off cricket match in 1900 was only a single twelve-a-side game, with a team from England beating a French team (which ironically was made up mostly of Englishmen: British Embassy staff who secured a few days off from the office!). Still counts!
The tug of war event was held at the Olympics from 1900 to 1920.
In the modern Olympics, the tug-of-war contest was between two teams of eight. One team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win. If after 5 minutes no team had done this, the team which had pulled the most was declared the winner.
Fun Fact: Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera, competing for in the tug of war for France in 1900, was the first black athlete to compete at the Olympics.
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