Mongol Vegetable Cutting – Kazan, Russia

An extract from this book – Sports the Olympics Forgot. ======== The Mongols created the world’s second largest empire. Their cavalry were a fearsome sight as they headed westwards to invade Russia and eastern Europe. What most impressed the peasants around Kazan was the soldier’s dexterity on horseback both with bows and arrows and withContinue reading “Mongol Vegetable Cutting – Kazan, Russia”

Sports the Olympics Forgot

Hello: From Goodreads, here are two reviews for the book Sports the Olympics Forgot “I received an abridged copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest opinion. There are some very strange sports featured in this book, most of which I’d certainly never heard of, how the author discovered most of theseContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot”

Curling Pool – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – 2

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 first Jackson Hole Pool Curling contest was held in January 1920 when Jim Jeffries’ team, the J Hole Potters, were the winners and declared World Champions. They beat theContinue reading “Curling Pool – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – 2”

Curling Pool – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – 1

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 Curling Pool international championships have been held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 1921. This rock ‘em, sock ‘em game was created to add to the allure of curling andContinue reading “Curling Pool – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA – 1”

3-woman toboggan cross-country – Anchorage, Alaska, USA

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 contest comprised two elements – the first was the 10K race and the second was the 5K team time trial both held on the same day. The first 10KContinue reading “3-woman toboggan cross-country – Anchorage, Alaska, USA”

3-woman toboggan cross-country – Anchorage, Alaska, USA – 1

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 Anchorage cross-country 3 woman toboggan contest has taken place since 1965 and has become the world’s biggest competition of its kind. This event combines the excitement of the tobogganContinue reading “3-woman toboggan cross-country – Anchorage, Alaska, USA – 1”

Cross-country curling – 100 Mile House, BC, Canada – 1

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 citizens of 100 Mile House have invented the ultimate curling contest, which combines the thrills of curling with the unpredictability of cross-country skiing. The cross-country curling course is fiftyContinue reading “Cross-country curling – 100 Mile House, BC, Canada – 1”

Frisbee Ten Pin Bowling – 2

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 50-metre and 100-metre men’s events have been dominated by Rod Randall from Cairns, a former squash player with strong wrists who gives the Frisbee a tremendous snap when heContinue reading “Frisbee Ten Pin Bowling – 2”

Frisbee Ten Pin Bowling – 1

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 Frisbee Ten Pin Bowling championships take place in Canberra on Australia Day by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. There are two separate events:  the straight throw that takesContinue reading “Frisbee Ten Pin Bowling – 1”

Ski Yachting – 2

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. ============== As soon as the sails are raised the yachts head to the coast, sometimes to the consternation of the more inexperienced crews who aren’t always ready for the initial burstContinue reading “Ski Yachting – 2”