The Sports You Will Not See At Sochi Or Any Other Winter Olympics!


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This year's Winter Olympics is the longest in the 90-year history of the games. That's because the International Olympics Committee decided to add a record, twelve new events across eight disciplines - ranging from ski half-pipe to snowboard parallel slalom and even, a Luge - team rally competition. Does that mean that future Winter Olympics will be as long? Not necessarily. Here are a few sports that made a grand debut and even lasted a few games, before being scrapped in favor of more exciting and popular sports!

Ski Ballet

As the name indicates, Ski ballet involves gracefully performing jumps, flips and spins while skiing down a small hill. The sport that later became known as Acroski, was first accepted as a competitive freestyle skiing event by the International Ski Federation in the 1960's. But it was not till 1988, that the International Olympic Committee considered adding it to the official roster and then too, only as a demonstration sport.This meant that participants did not get medals.

Unfortunately, even that did not seem to excite the viewers, and after trying it for one more time in 1992, it was permanently axed. By 2000, even the International Ski Federation decided that ski ballet was not 'sport worthy' enough to be included in their competitive roster, marking the demise of this graceful, albeit strange competition.

Military Patrol

In order to compete in this sport that involved cross country skiing, ski mountaineering and rifle shooting, the teams had to be represented by military units comprising of one officer, one non-commissioned officer and two privates. Competitors had to ski for 25 kilometers, scale up a steep slope for between 500 to 1,200 km and then shoot some difficult targets.

Though Military Patrol was featured in four of the winter games (1924, 1928, 1936 and 1948), it was only in the first one that medals were awarded. During the latter three Olympics, it was just a demonstration sport. While it is no longer part of the games, the sport did not disappear completely - it has evolved into the modern-day biathlon, an event that includes two of the three elements - cross country skiing and target shooting. Also, now anyone with the right skills is allowed to compete.


This sport which means ski driving in Norwegian is as unusual as its name. Here, contestants on skies get pulled to the finish line by horses, dogs or snowmobiles. Exciting as it sounds, Skijoring never made it beyond the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where it made its debut as a demonstration sport. Dog Skijoring still remains popular in countries that receive a lot of snow and even has its own World Championships.


What do you get when you combine ice hockey and soccer? Bandy of course! Similar to ice hockey, teams of skaters using sticks try to score - However instead of sending a puck into the opponent's net, they use a round ball. While it only made it as a demonstration sport in the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, Bandy remains extremely popular in Russia and Scandinavia and believe it or not, even in the 'Twin Cities'. And while it may seem a little strange, the game is apparently very exciting since it is played on a larger field and is therefore, much faster than ice hockey!

Speed Skiing

While Speed Skiing may seem like an oxymoron since all races, ski or otherwise, are about getting to the finish line in the fastest time, speed skiing takes it to a whole new level - That's because the competitors have to ski as fast as they can in a straight line, down an extremely steep slope. Thanks to aerodynamic helmets and skintight suits, competitors sometimes exceed speeds of 150 miles per hour, making this an extremely dangerous sport. The thrilling event did make it to the 1992 Games but after a contestant died when he crashed into a snow machine during the warm ups, the International Olympics Committee decided that the sport was a little too dangerous and ejected it. It does however remain popular in extreme competitions like the ones sponsored by energy drink maker, Red Bull.

Are there any new events in the 2014 Winter Olympics that you believe will be put on the chopping block? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.


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  • hater
    haterWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:53 am
    thats kindve sad, boo ballet
    • ballet_dancer
      ballet_dancerTuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm
      Ya. I was hoping there is regular ballet. Because I am a ballet dancer
    • helen0916
      helen0916Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2:11 am
      COOL looks awesome!
      • searchlight
        searchlightTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 9:07 am
        • chlooe
          chlooeWednesday, January 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm
          Ooh. Looks cool and sporty.
          • ethan Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm
            and all the other sports
            • ethan Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm
              hockey is the best
              • EuniceSaturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm
                I just love sports i want to do snowboarding lol it can be very fun because i love snow and snowbords i just grew up like that i just looooove sports its very fun to play sports
                • leiker1414
                  leiker1414Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:15 am
                  Same. I learned how to snowboard 🏂 when I was 3 so I have and been snowboarding 🏂 since so it's been 10 years.
                  • lime_skater0707
                    lime_skater0707Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 4:23 am
                    That is so cool!! I have been skiing and skating for a long time!! However, I haven't tried snowboarding yet. Looking forward to it though.
                • EuniceSaturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:49 pm
                  what I liked is snowboarding on the sports.
                  • seattleMonday, February 19, 2018 at 5:40 pm
                    some of its cool