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7 bizarre ‘sports’ no longer held at the Olympic Games

Tug of war

In this file photo, Nathan Carr, right, of the Falmouth Tug-O-War, bites his finger to get feeling back in his hands.

It might seem like a competition better suited to summer camp or gym class, but tug-of-war was actually an official Olympic event from 1900 until 1920. Eight men lined up on each side and attempted to pull the opposing team six feet from their starting position. The British took home the largest medal haul from the event, with two gold, two silver and a bronze after five competitions. Tug-of-war remains popular in the United Kingdom and in Scottish communities outside the U.K. Most major competitions are confined to highland games events, despite the occasional push from advocates to have it added back into the Olympics.

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