Seven Sports We'd Like to See in the Summer Olympic Games
Dueling pistols was an event at the 1906 Athens Summer Olympics, although competitors shot at mannequins not each other
Nfutvol via Wikimedia Commons
Last week, we gave you a list of sports you might have been surprised to find are actually Olympic events. But what about all those sports that don't make the cut? We've done some field research (OK, we also asked around on Facebook) and came up with seven sports for our Summer Olympics wishlist.
The Tug of war competition at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris - Denmark/Sweden v France
7. Tug of War
Everyone's played at least once, whether it was at a college beach party or middle school summer camp. You may not have realized this seemingly innocuous little game has an established place in Olympic history. The international governing body of tug of war, the Tug of War International Federation, continues to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee even though the sport was only played in the games from 1900-1920.
With our country's general weight advantage, we think we might have pretty good chances in this possible event.
8 seconds to fame
Paul J Everett via Flickr
6. Bull Riding
Ok, we admit this one has zero historic ties to the Olympic games. But if you're going to allow Dressage to continue, we think they might as well throw in an animal involved-sport that modern viewers actually enjoy. And this isn't just our American bias talking. Professional Bull Riding enjoys followings in Canada, Australia, Mexico and Brazil with numerous other countries enjoying a variety of rodeo sports.Next Page
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