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.


The only person who has won the “Race to the Stars” more than twice is the Algerian marathon runner Ahmed al-Mansouri, who has won four times including unprecedented consecutive wins in 1978 and 1979. Al-Mansouri gradually progressed through the various levels winning the Step Pyramid race in 1970, the Menkaure race in 1973 and the Khafre race in 1975. He qualified for fourteen consecutive “Race to the Stars” between 1976 and 1989, which is also a record. He eventuality retired due to a persistent knee injury, a problem that was exacerbated by the jarring experienced descending the pyramid.

The first woman competitor, Helena Badawi, qualified for the Great Pyramid race in 2003 and reached the semi-finals in three consecutive years before a twisted ankle sidelined her in 2006. She returned the following year and won the Khafre race in 2009. She has qualified for the “Race to the Stars” for 2014 and is determined to reach the final.