Dueling & Tug of War - Two Olympic Sports that should be brought back!

Dueling & Tug of War - Two Olympic Sports that should be brought back!

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Dueling & Tug of War - Two Olympic Sports that should be brought back!

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 Tug of War

Tug of War was an Olympic team sport from 1900 to 1920. Tug of war is still recognized by the International Olympic  Committee, and the world governing body has 59 member nations. One idea would be to have Olympic athletes of each nation (i.e. weightlifters, javelin throwers, gymnast and judo wrestlers) compete as a team at the conclusion of each summer games. Now wouldn’t that be fun!

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 2 2 1 5
2  United States (USA) 1 1 1 3
3  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
 Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
5  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
7  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
Total 5 5 3 13

 

Dueling

Yes, you read that right. Dueling was once an olympic sport. However, the sport was not played the way you might think (first one to die losses). Instead, shooters would shoot at a dummy dressed in a frock coat and points would be awarded for “kill shots”. Other dueling events around this time would use wax bullets so that competitors could fire “live rounds” at one another. If held today paintball guns would surly take the place of muzzle loaded fire arms. 

 

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