30 Weirdest Olympic Sports of All Time: Get Ready To Be Amazed

We compiled a list of strange and unusual Olympic sports that may or may not be recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but are still played around the world.

30 Weirdest Olympic Sports of All Time: Get Ready To Be Amazed

There's no shortage of weird and wacky world records in the Olympics. From unusual sporting events to even stranger sports, we're here to break down the 30 weirdest Olympic sports of all time. For this list, we compiled a long list of strange and unusual Olympic sports that may or may not be recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but are still played around the world. Some events require very little skill, while others require years of dedication and hard work to become proficient in. These are some of the weirder Olympic games that you'll find in this list!

The 30 Weirdest Olympic Sports of All Time

Diving Most of the diving events are split into three segments: regular, free and synchronised. These are like the 3-pointer of diving events. In the first segment, divers are judged solely on their form. In the second, they are judged on the difficulty of the dive and the quality of the presentation. And finally, in the third, they compete against one another and the event is judged purely on aesthetics. The sport of diving includes many activities that require incredible levels of athleticism, including the infamous "popping" technique, whereby divers leap from the platform headfirst in the air before executing a backflip. Another diving event, synchronised springboard diving, is often compared to the Olympic Games itself.

Olympic events that require very little skill

(Credit: Tim Peake) 1. Curling If you haven't watched curling in the Winter Olympics, then you may not know that you're actually watching several different games in one. Not all of the games are exactly the same, but they do all take place on the same ice surface. During the first couple of games, all teams are playing on the "women's side." The next game in the men's competition will follow. In the last game of the tournament, the teams switch sides. This event was the very first time the women's hockey competition was played in the Olympics. To be considered for this list, the sport had to be recognized by an IOC-recognized international body. Some of these sports can be deadly, while others can be played by amateurs all over the world.

Olympic events that require years of hard work to be good at

via GIPHY 1. Bonsai Tree Competing via GIPHY Bonsai tree was first introduced to the Olympic Games in 1964 at the Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan. A bonsai tree is a tree that is trained and shaped into a very small one, and can take many years to become a good bonsai. The original Olympic bonsai competition was first started in 1900 as part of the St. Louis World's Fair, but this new Olympic version is one of the oldest. 2. Pole Dancing via GIPHY Pole dancing is a sport where a dancer moves themselves in a "free form" way, while still keeping their legs in contact with a pole. Although some people consider this a very difficult sport, it is also a very popular one.

Conclusion

Because the Olympics have different age groups, ethnicities, and women have to compete against men, any competition is bound to be as interesting as the next. Whether you love or hate every weird and wacky world record on this list, it will surely put you in the Olympic spirit! 1. Mongolian Bull Fighting Source: MRP/Wikimedia An ancient, strange event, Mongolian bull fighting involves capturing a bull, then fighting the animal to the death using all types of weaponry. 2. Naked Cross-Country Skiing Source: Mihajlo/Wikimedia Most cross-country skiing events don't involve a lot of nudity, but, in the 1992 Winter Olympics, Cross-Country champion Winfred Seipel and his Russian rival Alexander Legkov decided to have a little fun and stripped down during their finals match. 3.