It probably wasn’t as barbaric as it’s pictured here, but yes, swinging a club was once an Olympic sport. It debuted in 1904 and here’s what it entailed: The athlete stood and held a club in each hand. Then they did a routine with them, twirling them around and stuff. And that’s it. That was the event.
The more complicated the routine, the more points the person received. Club swinging was only in two Olympic Games.
The ’80s and ’90s were once alive and well in the Olympic Games when roller hockey was an official event. It debuted in 1992 at the Barcelona Games and it’s literally ice hockey but with roller skates instead. That year was the only time roller hockey appeared in the Olympics, but it lives on in our hearts forever. #RocketPower
Long Jump for Horses
Equestrian events have long been part of the Olympic Games, but in 1900 in Paris, they were smoking some extra long cigarettes, it seems, because they thought it’d be a good idea to combine track and field with horses and give horses their very own long jump event. That’s the only year that event took place.
High Jump for Horses
In 1900, horses had all their very own track and field events. In addition to the long jump, they competed in the high jump.
The most outrageous thing about this event is that two competitors actually tied for first. France’s Dominique Garderes, who rode Canela tied with Italy’s Gian Giorgio Trissino, who was riding Oreste. Both of their horses leaped 1.85 meters into the air over a horizontal pole.