The Summer Olympics are in full swing in Tokyo right now and there’s been some pretty awesome additions this year.
The epic multi-sports event has added six new sports including baseball/softball, karate, sports climbing, surfing and skateboarding. While we absolutely love to see it, it’s not 40 people launching themselves down a hill in attempts to catch a chunk of cheese. We want to see more weird sports in the Olympics!
To celebrate international athleticism, here are 10 weird sports that deserve a shot in the Olympics. All I’m saying is that some of these people honestly deserve a gold medal.
Extreme ironing is when you take ironing boards to remote locations and iron actual items of clothing. It is described as “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” Seriously so many questions, who invented this? I just want to talk please.
Ok, sprinting down a steep hill chasing a rolling 9-pound round of Gloucester cheese sounds PRETTY fun doesn’t it? The first to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill is crowned winner. This is no joke though – it’s dangerous and contenders are advised to join at their own risk. There has been numerous injuries from the unusual but extreme sport.
Shin Kicking is apparently a real sport and not just something you do when you’re annoyed with your sibling. The combat sport has been described as an English martial art, originating in England in the early 17th century.
First introduced in Finland, this extreme sport sees a competitor carrying a teammate through an extreme obstacle course. Honestly it seems like it’d be nauseating to be thrown around like that, but the prize may be worth it (it’s the partner’s weight in beer)!
For this “sport”, participants tie their pants shut at the ankles so there is no escape and casually drop two ferrets right in. The person that holds both for the longest time wins. I think someone should call the SPCA?
Save a horse, ride an Ostrich! These big birds can reach a shocking speed of 70 km per hour and their legs can reach up to 16 feet in one stride. Ostrich racing originated in Africa and eventually made its way to parts of the US.
Because why not take the average ball hockey game and make it 1000 times more difficult for no reason?
This hybrid sport requires brains AND brawn. Participants compete in alternating sets of chess and boxing that last 11 rounds total (6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing). The unique sport was invented by Enki Bilal, a French comic book artist and is taken seriously in places such as Germany, the UK, India and Russia.
Why ride a toboggan when you can ride a… shovel? This epic sport was actually once an event in the winter X games however it was removed due to safety concerns.
Time to ditch the second wheel, biking is so last year.