5 crazy Olympic sports and events that have now been discontinued
The biggest sporting spectacle is just about 50 days away from now and Rio de Janeiro is getting dressed in its brightest colours for the quadrennial event. After its inception in 1896, the Olympics have continuously grown and expanded and as a result, 120 years after the first edition, which saw 43 events in 9 sports, spectators around the world will witness athletes competing in 306 events in 28 sports in 2016.
However, despite being the grandest stage for sporting events, the Olympics has had its share of staging weird games and events throughout its history. Thankfully, most of these sports have been discontinued for good. Yet, it is never a bad time to look back at those sports and just imagine how weird it must have been to have them in Rio 2016.
1. Standing High Jump
The name explains it all. The event required the athlete to stand still and jump with both feet together. No matter how funny it seems to imagine, the event was staged thrice from 1900 to 1912.
Ray Ewry of USA jumped a record 1.65 metre in the 1900 Olympics. He was also highly successful in the standing long jump and the standing triple jump. Although discontinued from Olympics, the sport is still famous in the Scandinavian countries.