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

Rope-climb

In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012, file photo, Indian amateur boxers climb a rope during a training session at the Bhiwani Boxing Club in Bhiwani, India. (AP / Manish Swarup)

Another sport you might have encountered in grade-school gym class, rope climbing was part of the gymnastics program at the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens, in 1896. Athletes were judged not only on their ability to reach the top of the rope, but also on their speed and style. That’s right – there’s a stylish way to climb a rope, although the style element was dropped from later Olympic Games. Rope-climbing athletes were hung out to dry after the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, when the event was dropped as an Olympic sport.

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