he 2018 Winter Olympic Games are about to get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea! The global sports event if a worldwide phenomenon that truly has something for everybody. Whether you're into ice hockey or figure skating, there will be an Olympics event you will enjoy watching.
In fact, there have been all sorts of varied events throughout the vast history of the Olympic Games, and to be totally honest, some of them are just really strange. These are the weirdest sports that have actually been official Olympic events at some point in history.
Live Pigeon Shooting
For the Paris Olympics in 1900, people thought it would be a good idea to shoot live pigeons. Yeah.
Unfortunately, nearly 300 birds were killed. Belgian participant Leon de Lunden won the event by killing 21 pigeons. Needless to say, the event did not return the next Olympics. (Live pigeons were replaced with clay ones.)
Solo Synchronized Swimming
If you think that the words “solo” and “synchronized” don’t quite go together, well, you’d be in the same boat as I am. But it’s true; solo synchronized swimming was an Olympic sport from 1984 to 1992. What is the performer synchronizing to if she’s going at it alone? you might ask. That’s a great question. According to the sport’s organizers, she’s obviously in sync with the music. Duh.
Tug of War
That’s right — the capstone event of every middle school field day was actually once an Olympic sport. It was featured in five Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920. Team USA won gold in 1904 at the games in St. Louis.
In case you thought we were out of the woods with embarrassing gym class activities from your youth, here’s rope climbing, the official Olympic sport. The event debuted in 1896.
Athletes had to climb the rope as fast as possible while a group of their peers sat at the bottom and watched and judged them harshly. OK that second part wasn’t an official part of the sport, but it probably happened because rope climbing is the worst.
Swimming Obstacle Course
The only year this was included in the Olympics was 1900. (Apparently, they went full crazy that year for the games!) Paris’ River Seine hosted the event. It was a 200-meter obstacle course for swimmers full of poles and boats they had to swim over and under and through.
Guys, the crazy is just heating up…