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    Discontinued Olympic events seem awfully helpful

    Discontinued Olympic events seem awfully helpful

    The Economist published a list of discontinued Olympic sports since the games of 1896. While this year we can count on such sports as Synchronized Diving, Beach Volleyball, and Water Polo, other events have come and gone.

    What many of these discontinued events have in common, and I’m only half-applying the “sarc tag,” is their nod to basic skills of the past. Skills that might come in handy for us again?

    I don’t know what Underwater Swimming entails, but I think I’d like to see that come back, along with Running-Deer shooting and especially Tug-of-War.

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    “Running-deer shooting” sounds like racist hate stuff. You know, Running Deer, Running Bear and little White Dove are probably all related to Ma Warren.

    Javelin freestyle???

    What, do you do a little dance before throwing the long pointy stick?


     
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    Fluffy Foo Foo | August 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Cross Country should be brought back. They can do it the first week before Track and Field begins.


     
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    Henry Hawkins | August 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Or combine cross country with the javelin. See, one half of a team would be runners and after they crossed a certain distance, say 50 yds, the javelin throwing half of the opposing team could have at them. Team with most runners to survive wins. I’d watch that. Lots of folks would. They’d be some runnin’ sumbitches, ya know?


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