1. Synchronized Swimming
Is there anything more pure and beautiful than dancing in unison with a few of your closest friends, in a large body of chlorine, while sporting shower caps?
This Olympic event is the perfect fusion of swimming and contemporary dance.
Of all the weird Olympic sports, curling is by far the weirdest. Competitors help guide a 42-pound granite stone towards a target — on a giant sheet of ice — using brooms.
Some of the world’s finest janitors have gone on to successful curling careers.
See it with your own eyes:
This Olympic event is exactly what it sounds like. A bunch of competitors speed walk to the finish line. If you break into a jog, you are immediately disqualified.
Racewalking is actively practiced by more people on a regular basis than any other Olympic sport. Let’s just say Young Urban Professionals dominate.
4. Pommel Horse
What happens when you take break dancing out of the streets and into the suburbs?
The Pommel Horse event.
Like Oreos and milk and Romeo and Juliet, cross country skiing and rifle shooting simply belong together… or so the Olympic Committee seems to think.
In this event, competitors ski race along a flat, snowy surface with a rifle attached to their backs. They must periodically stop and fire their rifles at targets.
Sounds like funny business to me.
In the good old days, petty arguments were settled with the sword. Modern day duels however, take place on the Olympic stage and end with award ceremonies instead of death.
If you have a score to settle, pick up fencing. You may even win a medal or two.
What’s a roller coaster enthusiast living in the arctic to do? Take up bobsledding of course.
Eskimos all over the world come together during the Winter Olympics to see whose sled packs the meanest punch.
If you’re interested in bobsledding but don’t fancy the cold, check out the 1993 classic, Cool Runnings, which tells the inspirational story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team.