10 Sports That Used to Be in the Olympics

Tug of war, an Olympic sport? In the early 20th century, it was.

The Olympic Games are international sporting competitions that comprise of winter and summer sports. Athletes from all over the world take part in many competitions. The Olympics are held every four years, and the summer and winter games are held alternately, but two years apart. The Olympic Games have undergone several changes since their first introduction in Olympia, Greece, with some games being added and some removed from the list of games. Some of the ancient sports have been omitted from the modern Olympics.

Duelling Pistols

Pistol duels made their first debut in the Olympic games of 1906 in Athens, Greece. The game was not a duel as the participants shot at plastic dummies wearing frocks mounted at about 20 to 30 meters.

Distance Plunging

Distance plunging was part of the St. Louis Olympic games in 1904. Participants were to jump in a pool from a standing position and glide underwater without paddling. The winner would be the individual who had covered a long distance before coming up for air or after 60 seconds. Americans were the only people who participated in this sport.

Live Pigeon Shooting

Live pigeon shooting made a debut at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, and participants were required to shoot at live pigeons. Live pigeons were released, and the participants were to aim at and kill the moving targets, about 300 birds were killed that day.

Tug of War

Tug of war also made an appearance in the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. The tug of war was present in the Olympics for the next 20 years before making its final appearance at the Antwerp games of 1920. The game requirement was that the participating teams had to pull their opponents over a distance of six feet to be considered winners. If this did not happen during the allotted time, there would be an additional five minutes before the judges decided on the team that made the most progress as winners. The British team won the game twice.

Rope Climb

The rope climb was part of the 1896 games in Athens, Greece. Competitors were required to climb a rope, and they were judged on their speed and technique. The game was also included in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and here participants were only judged on speed.


Croquet was one of the games in the 1900 Paris Olympics. All the competitors were from France and from the look of things it was not a favorite sport as only one ticket to the event was sold.


Roque is more or less the American version of croquet, and the only participants in the sport were Americans. The sport made its only appearance at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, and that was the last of it in the Olympics.

Solo Synchronized Swimming

The solo Synchronized Swimming debuted at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, and was part of the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and lastly in 1992 in Barcelona.

Horse Long Jump

The long horse jump was a sport in the 1900 Olympics. Horses were expected to leap, and the distance was measured. The sport was just like the human long jump.


Singlestick was a game in which opponents were required to try and hit each other using a blunt wooden stick. The game made an appearance at the Olympic Games of 1904 in St. Louis, and that was the only appearance the sport had at the Olympics.


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