Plunge for Distance
This event is something we all probably did as kids in the pool during the summer. Plunging for distance literally meant diving into the water and gliding for as far as you could.
It was only in the Olympics in 1904, so the reigning champion is still Team USA’s William Dickey.
Everyone’s favorite (??) lawn game was actually once an Olympic sport.
That’s right, folks.
It was Paris in 1900 again, and it’s actually pretty important because it was the first event in which women participated in the Olympics. So that’s pretty cool.
What isn’t cool is that it the sport was taken out of the Olympics because only one lonely person came to watch. How sad!
You guessed it: It was Paris.
The year was 1900.
The Olympic Games was a friggin’ free-for-all.
In ballooning, hot air ballooners had to fly their giant balloons to a target and drop a weighted marker as close and they possibly could to said target. If it sounds dangerous and ill-advised, that’s because it was.
Now, on to tandem bicycles!