Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


In the early 1900s three Ukrainian brothers emigrated to Canada and were fascinated by the igloos built by the Eskimos in the northern latitudes. In 1909 when the three returned on their annual visit to see their relatives around Lviv they had difficulty describing igloos to their friends and family. They decided that the best way of showing what an igloo was would be to build one. The three brothers each had their own idea of what the igloo should look like and so three separate igloos were built, the first two out of hay bales and the third out of ice cubes.

One of the brothers used shears to shape the bales before the igloo was built so that the roof of the igloo would appear curved as soon as he constructed it. – he was an engineer Another brother wedged the bales together and then sheared them once the igloo was built – he was a hairdresser by trade. The third brother took some ice cubes out of the freezer and made his igloo out of the ice as it melted. He was an ice-cream maker. Once he had moulded the ice into the correct shape he placed the igloo back in the freezer.