Olympic Games 2021 Fun Facts and Unusual Events

Unusual Olympic Events and Fun Facts

The Olympics have been around for a long time, and the excitement they provide to fans is unparalleled. The first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in the 8th century BC. People used to be provided with a variety of games, some bizarre and ridiculous, back in the day.

This is because the human species was still in the process of learning new things. Thus trial and error was a useful approach to assess what worked and what didn’t. The most recent Olympics were hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, this year. (2021)

Since the Olympics were postponed from last year, many people are looking forward to the upcoming games. Because the Olympics is a global event, it attracts athletes from all over the world to compete in a variety of sports. Since various games have been held, the Olympic games have provided a refreshing mix of entertainment, and some of them can astound you.

The first modern Olympics were held in 1896, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the creator of the Olympic movement. Since then, the games have been staged every four years, people have had an unquenchable desire to attend the next Olympics event.

Over the years, the Olympics have been noted for having hilarious, stupid, and odd gaming activities for which people have earned medals.

In this article, we will look at some of the weirdest and unusual events together with fun facts about Olympics:

  1. Weirdest Olympic sports
  2. Olympics fun facts
  3. Conclusion

Weirdest Olympic Games Events

Weird and unusual sporting activities catch an eye, and the best place to find them was in the Olympics. Below we look back at the history of weird games and events that used to be held at the Olympics.

Rope Climbing

When you hear the term “rope climbing,” you might think of a physical education class. Rope climbing was a sport that used to be part of the Olympics, where athletes had to climb hung vertical ropes using just their hands and arms.

Based on their form and pace, the participants were ranked. Rope climbing first appeared in the Olympics in 1896 and continued for numerous years after that. The sport appeared to be tough because using legs while climbing was not allowed, and the last rope climbing event was contested in the 1932 Olympic games in Los Angeles.

Tug of War

Tug of war is one of the most unusual Olympic events that has ever been held. Imagine several people tugging on a large rope across from each other to see who is the strongest. Isn’t it entertaining? The sport was contested between the 1900 and 1920 Olympics. The British team, primarily made up of police personnel, were the favourites, winning two gold and one silver medal.

Two teams of eight people competed in the event. The teams were expected to drag each other six feet to win. If neither team could draw each other that far in five minutes, the team with the longest pull was considered the winner. That is undoubtedly one event that everyone would like to see a return to the Olympics!

Horse Long Jumping

Horses were employed as a mode of transportation everywhere in the early 1900s, before the automobile’s arrival. It’s only natural that a sport with a muscular animal develops, and horse long jumping was an early Olympic event.

The horse-long jumping event was held in Paris during the 1900 Olympics. Most horses reached a distance of at least 14 feet, with the winning jump hovering around 20 feet. We can reason that horses had less jump power than a modern man because there are only human long jumps in the current Olympics and the world record for the longest human long jump is over 29 feet!

Club Swinging

Club swinging was first introduced to the Olympics in 1904. The sport entailed swinging a club around in your hands while following a sophisticated routine. The clubs weighed roughly two pounds, and the event was revived for the 1932 Olympics, indicating that it provided substantial excitement to the audience.

Olympics Underwater Swimming

In the earlier days of the Olympics, underwater swimming was a competition. The event, however, was not as popular as it may have been due to the lack of spectator value. Mainly because all of the activity took place underwater. The competition was held over a 60-meter course. Two points were awarded for each meter swum and one point awarded for each second spent underwater.

This would be a fantastic event to bring back to the modern Olympics, especially now that underwater cameras are so readily available thanks to advances in technology.

Equestrian Dressage

This has to be one of the most unusual Olympics events ever! Requiring horses to learn to dance to the beat of varied music while flawlessly coordinating their movements. The horse with the best coordination won the event, and with the horse’s dancing and fantastic motions, it was a fascinating event to see.

Pistol Dueling

Pistol duelling was a strangely common occurrence! Duelling pistols were produced in pairs to ensure that both duelists were on equal footing. The sport made its debut at the 1908 London Olympics, with wax bullets. Skilled duelers competed in the sport, which was practised with extreme caution to avoid injuries.

Heavy guards would cover the duelers’ firing arms, and they’d hide their faces behind a metal plate glass.

Olympic Games Fun Facts

We all need a little inspiration and motivation to get us through the wait for the next Olympic games; the Olympic spirit is always high, and we’ll look at some of the entertaining facts you should know about the games below. Keep reading!

  1. The very first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in the eighth century B.C and for the past 12 centuries, they have been held every four years.
  2. The popular belief that gold medals are made of pure gold is false. Gold medals are mostly silver with just 6 grams of gold to meet the standard laid out in the Olympic charter.
  3. There only three modern Olympic games that were cancelled, including this years event, and this was because of World War I (1916) and World War II (1940,1944)
  4. The five rings of the Olympic symbol represent the five inhabited continents of the world. The symbol was created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
  5. Africa and Antarctica are the only continents where the Olympics have never been held.
  6. The six colours of the Olympic symbol (yellow, black, green, red, blue, and white) were chosen because at least one colour is represented in every nation’s flag.
  7. The Olympic torch is lit the old-fashioned way in Greece and is supposed to burn during the whole event. In case the flame goes out, it is supposed to be lit with a backup flame which is supposed to be lit in Greece as well.
  8. In ancient Greece, competitors in the Olympics competed naked.
  9. The official languages of the Olympics are English and French but are complemented by the official language of the host country.
  10. Johnny Weissmuller, who acted Tarzan in 12 movies, competed in the Olympics when he was an athlete in the 1920s and won five gold medals in swimming.
  11. Women were not allowed to participate in the Olympics till 1900, and the 2012 London Olympics were the first games where all participating countries sent female athletes.

Olympic Games 2021 Conclusion

The Olympics have been around for a long time and have featured various sports. Some have survived, but others have been abandoned due to their oddities in how they are performed or the regulations they follow. Nonetheless, certain unique games piqued people’s curiosity, and many would like to see them make a comeback in today’s Olympics. All we can do now is hope that the Olympics organisers reconsider some of their decisions.