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10 most popular extreme sports in the world

BMX Cycling semi-finals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Rohit Menon
Modified 01 Oct 2015
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Extreme Sports is a term used for sports that require participants to show considerable skill and physical ability whilst under the considerable risk of physical harm. Also called action sports, aggro sports or adventurous sports, they involve a high level of physical exertion and specialised gear and usually also involve speed and/or height as factors.The people who compete in these activities do it for the adrenaline rush that arises due to the many dangers that are present. They are not satisfied with normal sports and the joys they provide, indulging in games that set their heartbeats running and their blood pumping furiously. One mistake could lead to a life-threatening injury or in most cases death, but these athletes are unfazed in their march to glory in an unconventional sporting world. They endure these dangers on a regular basis to satisfy their own fix, while enthralling and providing solid entertainment to spectators who are paying good money to watch it.Here are the 10 most popular extreme sports listed out in no particular order:

#1 BMX Racing

BMX Racing is one of the most popular cycling sports in the world. It originated in the 1970s and derives its roots from the already existing motocross racing, with which it still shares many similarities.

BMX made its debut as medal sport at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics when it was sanctioned by the sanctioning body of the Union Cycliste Internationale. It is widely popular among both women and men between the ages of 19 and 40, with professional ranks existing for both genders.

The uneven and different terrain of the purpose-built off-road tracks makes it a dangerous sport for racers, and there have been many incidents that have led to career-ending injuries. Despite concerns, however, it is an incredibly popular sport in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, Japan and the United States.

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Published 22 Aug 2015, 02:09 IST
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