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

Solo synchronized swimming

In this file photo, Carolyn Waldo of Canada shows fine form after completing her solo synchronized swimming program during Olympic competition in Seoul, 1988.

When this sport was introduced in 1984, the public response could be summed up with one word: Huh? How do you swim in sync with yourself? Solo synchronized swimmers were actually trying to swim in sync to a piece of music, but the solo event proved to be far less popular than the team variant, which was also introduced in 1984. Solo synchronized swimming was scrapped after the 1992 Olympics, and a team version of the event was added for 1996. The team and duet versions of the sport remain popular Olympic events today.

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