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Bygone Olympic Event: Distance Plunging

At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, competitors took part in a water event called the distance plunge. That was the only year it was part of the games.

The event required athletes to dive into the pool and coast underwater without moving their limbs. After 60 seconds had passed – or competitors had floated to the surface, whichever came first – referees measured the distance the athletes had drifted.


Yes, it certainly sounds more like a pool game for kids than a real sport. Distance plunging is just one of a gallery of 9 Really Strange Sports That Are No Longer in the Olympics. Link -via Nag on the Lake

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I like the live pigeon shooting. They could hold that in Trafalgar Square this year. Most pigeons shot in 60 seconds. With bonus points if you get any of the idiot tourists who feed them.
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Yeah, distance plunging isn't a real sport. Not like running in a straight line and jumping over a stick every few steps.

Rope climb is still an activity that gymnasts get tested on; it just isn't part of competition because it's too easy.

I don't see why tug of war shouldn't be at the Olympics, as long as they're going to keep the relay races.
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