4: Tug-of-War (1900 - 1920) - It was part of the original Olympics 2,500 years ago, so why not include it now? Two teams of eight squared off on either end of a rope to pull the opposing team 6 feet (or as far as possible in 5 minutes). To give a sense of how seriously the world took this sport, medalists from various years included the U.S. Milwaukee Athletic Club team, the Great Britain Liverpool Police team, and for the 1912 Bronze Medal, "none."
|Athletes--just like Ali or Jordan.|
2: Men's Sailors 100 Meter Freestyle Swim (1896) - Swim 100 meters freestyle--first to the end wins. The catch: only sailors from the Greek Royal Navy were allowed to compete. The field consisted of 3 competitors, and the winner of this "fixed" event was nearly a minute slower than the open 100 meter freestyle swim.
|Another athlete. For real.|
Not making the cut was Solo Synchronized Swimming, because although the name is ridiculous and contradictory, the oxymoron wasn't enough to pass these others. Can you think of any others that we missed? Share in the comments below, and don't forget to visit us on Facebook and like our page!