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To celebrate the final arrival of the Sochi Winter Olympics (seriously, haven't we been talking about these games for like a year?), Live Science has compiled a list of six sports that are no longer performed at the games. While curling has become the "WTF is this?" sport to watch, military patrol might have taken the title in 1924.
Military patrol! You know! The sport where military cross-country skiied and shot rifles? Yeah... not completely shocked that that was a big fail.
Something a bit more surprising — speed skiing was banned in 1992 after an athlete died during a warm-up. Speed skiing is considered the fastest non-motorized sport on earth (faster than a skydiving) and basically just involves skiing down a mountain in a straight line, as fast as humanly possible. Semi-related, one time I went skiing at Perfect North Slopes (yup, I'm an Ohio girl), and my friends pressured me to go down a hill I clearly was not equipped to ski. 30 seconds later, I was speeding down the hill in a straight line, tears pouring from my face. I was convinced that I was going at least 60 miles per hour by the time I reached my friends, who also had tears (OF LAUGHTER) streaming down their faces. The world record for speed skiing is 156 mph. So, yeah, I'm pretty much an advocate for banning a sport where people are susceptible to zooming down a mountain with the possibility of death at the end.
Check out all six banned Winter Olympic sports at Live Science. Which ones would you like to see resurrected? Or is curling enough of a strech for you?