Former Olympic Sports That Didn’t Make It To Rio

August 8, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

There are some wild and wonderful sports around the world, and in the past some of them have even made it to The Olympics. Vanity Fair looked at some of the ones that won’t be making a re-appearance at Rio:

  • Tandem Cycling (pictured) was played at multiple Olympic games between 1908 and 1972.
  • Solo synchronized swimming. This sounds like an oxymoron, but the idea was that the lone swimmer was keeping synced with the music. It was tried in 1984 but was dropped by the 90s.
  • Live pigeon shooting. The 1900 games were the first and last time animals were intentionally killed at The Olympics.
  • Hot air ballooning also made an appearance in 1900. This and motorboat racing were removed from The Olympics once a ban on motorized sports was put into place.

Check out the full list here. Check out our previous coverage of The Olympics here.

Source: Vanity Fair