The Sports You Will Not See At Sochi Or Any Other Winter Olympics!

By June Liu on February 12, 2014

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This year's Winter Olympics is the longest in the 90-year history of the games. That's because the International Olympics Committee decided to add a record, twelve new events across eight disciplines - ranging from ski half-pipe to snowboard parallel slalom and even, a Luge - team rally competition. Does that mean that future Winter Olympics will be as long? Not necessarily. Here are a few sports that made a grand debut and even lasted a few games, before being scrapped in favor of more exciting and popular sports!

Ski Ballet

As the name indicates, Ski ballet involves gracefully performing jumps, flips and spins while skiing down a small hill. The sport that later became known as Acroski, was first accepted as a competitive freestyle skiing event by the International Ski Federation in the 1960's. But it was not till 1988, that the International Olympic Committee considered adding it to the official roster and then too, only as a demonstration sport.This meant that participants did not get medals.

Unfortunately, even that did not seem to excite the viewers, and after trying it for one more time in 1992, it was permanently axed. By 2000, even the International Ski Federation decided that ski ballet was not  'sport worthy' enough to be included in their competitive roster, marking the demise of this graceful, albeit strange competition.

Military Patrol

In order to compete in this sport that involved cross country skiing, ski mountaineering and rifle shooting, the teams had to be represented by military units comprising of one officer, one non-commissioned officer and two privates. Competitors had to ski for 25 kilometers, scale up a steep slope for between 500 to 1,200 km and then shoot some difficult targets.

Though Military Patrol was featured in four of the winter games (1924, 1928, 1936 and 1948), it was only in the first one that medals were awarded. During the latter three Olympics, it was just a demonstration sport. While it is no longer part of the games, the sport did not disappear completely - it has evolved into the modern-day biathlon, an event that includes two of the three elements - cross country skiing and target shooting. Also, now anyone with the right skills is allowed to compete.

Skijoring

This sport which means ski driving in Norwegian is as unusual as its name. Here, contestants on skies get pulled to the finish line by horses, dogs or snowmobiles. Exciting as it sounds, Skijoring never made it beyond the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where it made its debut as a demonstration sport. Dog Skijoring still remains popular in countries that receive a lot of snow and even has its own World Championships.

 

Bandy

What do you get when you combine ice hockey and soccer? Bandy of course! Similar to ice hockey, teams of skaters using sticks try to score - However instead of sending a puck into the opponent's net, they use a round ball. While it only made it as a demonstration sport in the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, Bandy remains extremely popular in Russia and Scandinavia and believe it or not, even in the 'Twin Cities'. And while it may seem a little strange, the game is apparently very exciting since it is played on a larger field and is therefore, much faster than ice hockey!

 

Speed Skiing

While Speed Skiing may seem like an oxymoron since all races, ski or otherwise, are about getting to the finish line in the fastest time, speed skiing takes it to a whole new level - That's because the competitors have to ski as fast as they can in a straight line, down an extremely steep slope. Thanks to aerodynamic helmets and skintight suits, competitors sometimes exceed speeds of 150 miles per hour, making this an extremely dangerous sport. The thrilling event did make it to the 1992 Games but after a contestant died when he crashed into a snow machine during the warm ups, the International Olympics Committee decided that the sport was a little too dangerous and ejected it. It does however remain popular in extreme competitions like the ones sponsored by energy drink maker, Red Bull.

 

Are there any new events in the 2014 Winter Olympics that you believe will be put on the chopping block? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: theweek.com, gizmodo.com

 

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Article Comprehension:
  1. Why are the 2014 Winter Olympics longer by a day?
  2. What are the two differences between Military Patrol and Biathlon?
  3. Why was Speed Skiing removed after just one year?
Critical Thinking Challenge:

What is your favorite Winter Olympics sport? Why?

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  • Buzzypoo4414/16/2014
    Um... so.... ok??? I never heard about any of these.
    • lilorony
      lilorony4/15/2014
      I love them all
      • Some Person4/7/2014
        Bandy should be in there, but I can see Nordic Combined being cut soon, due to the fact of low television ratings and a lack of interest in the sport.
        • Slick fox4/1/2014
          Wow what's is that open leg person peeing person
          • Slick fox4/1/2014
            Cool iceskating I never went there before I really want to go I wonder what's it like we'll I went my self before but I forgot how it feels to be out in the cold i will never go out in night yeah I said it I'm slick no one can catch me I'm suicide well you might think I'm snail but see me go like a fox
            • chapmcom19
              chapmcom194/1/2014
              cool videos
              • Jamie M.P3/27/2014
                The article i read was The Sports You Will Not See at Sochi or Any Other Winter Olympics. I really like this article but, I like the ski ballet because it is so beautiful how they dance and it must be hard to do that on ice. I also like the jumps, spins ,and flips while they are skiing.i think they should of kept that in the Olympics. My second favorite one is speed skiing but, i think that is really dangerous to. That's why they took it out of the Olympics because someone died while hitting an ice machine. For skijoring you have to be holding to a rope and anything can be push you like a dog,snowmobiles,and horses.The other one is bandy. Bandy is the same as ice hokey except they don't use a puck they use a ball. I like this article.
                • Alexa H.D.3/27/2014
                  I really enjoyed reading this artical because it was about all these types of sports that you will not see at any Olympic game . What these games have in common is that these are mostly dangerous and you need the braveness to do them. My favorite Olympic game in this artical is speed skiing because you go really fast down some mountains as fast as 150 miles per hours,WOW!, but the bad thing is that it is also really dangerous because you go really fast. Someone died while doing this,maybe because he or she went really fast and lost control .Another cool sport is ski ballet because i think its so amazing how those people do all those flips, jumps and twirls i just wish I could do those things.All those games have to have lots of practice. I think you will not see them in a Olympic game because they are really dangerous .I liked really much this artical because i learned something new when I first read it.
                  • marisela dms3/27/2014
                    I really liked this article because it talked about how some sports that where involving with skiing not involved any more.One ballet in general that i liked was ski ballet because it involves doing jumps and spin's and i think it is fun doing those things.The most dangerous skiing sport is speed skiing because if you maybe fall you might hurt your self really bad i also think it is dangerous because somebody died wile doing warm ups and hit their head in a snowball machine but I doe think that skiing is maybe fun.
                    • stephen3/27/2014
                      I really like the article mostly skiing in the halfpipe

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