Did You Know? – These Were Olympic Events

By | Aug 7, 2012

Golf were part of the Summer Olympics at both the 1900 and 1904 games. In 1900 there was competition for both the Men and the Women with just the Men in 1904. Margaret Abbott won the Women’s Gold Metal for Golf in 1900 becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal.

The 1904 and 1908 games had Lacrosse as one of their events. A team from Canada won Gold in both of those years. In 1908 only two teams competed. Canada and a team from Great Britain. It was also featured as a demonstration sport at the Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1948.

While there has been plenty of boating events over the years, Motorboating was only included as an official sport once, in 1908. Hardly any of the spectators could see the events as the boats raced at 19 miles per hour on the 5 laps of 8 nautical mile course.

One event that will never again be seen in the Olympics is Live Pigeon Shooting. In the 1900 games shooters tried to kill as many of the birds as possible. It was the only time that animals were killed in purpose in the games.

Swimming has always been a popular sport but there is one swimming event that only appeared in the 1900 games, underwater swimming. Swimmers swam underwater with a maximum of 60m. The competitors were awarded 2 points for each meter swum, and one point for each second that they stayed under water.

The 1984, 1988 and 1992 had an event called Solo Synchronize Swimming. Not sure how someone could synchronize with themselves and since I don’t remember the event occurring in those games it must have been very forgettable.


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