August 15th, 2008

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Ten random things: August 15

Ten former Olympic sports:

  1. Basque pelota (1900; demonstration 1924, 1968, and 1992)
  2. Jeu de paume (1908; demonstration 1900)
  3. Lacrosse (1904-08; demonstration 1928-32 and 1948)
  4. Roque (1904)
  5. Golf (1900-04)
  6. Rugby union (1900,1908, and 1920-24)
  7. Polo (1900, 1908, 1920-24, and 1936)
  8. Tug of war (1900-1920)
  9. Water motorsports (1908; demonstration 1900)
  10. Cricket (1900)

Roque is a variant of croquet played pretty much exclusively in the United States; its sole appearance in the Olympic Games was in 1904 -- held in Saint Louis, Missouri -- and all of the participants were American. Go figure.