The Summer Olympics are upon us again and the world has worked itself into a frenzy. The best of the best have swarmed Rio in the hopes of taking home the coveted gold metal and bringing honor and glory to their home country. To observers, the Olympics serve as a fun way to end the summer and maybe see a little athletic greatness along the way. To the athletes, it’s the culmination of a lifetime of training.
Over the years the Olympics have undergone a lot of change and growth. Some events have been added, some have disappeared. Since the games have been going on for so long some of the old events (that were quite popular at the time) have been all but forgotten. You may be surprised to discover what kinds of events were showcased 50-100 years ago. Like for example did you know about:
1: Rope Climb 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924, 1932)
2: Tug-of-War (1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920)
3: Cycling 12-Hour Race (1896)
4: Indian Club (1932)
5: Obstacle Race (1900)
6: Dueling Pistol (1906)
7: Equestrian Long Jump (1900)
8: Motor Boating (1908)
9: Plunge for Distance (1904)
10: Stone Throw (~6kg) (1906)
The Olympics have certainly become tamer over the years. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of these events make a return. Well, except motor boating. That one’s pretty lame.