What are some of the weirdest sports in the Olympics?

What are some of the weirdest sports in the Olympics?


(phone ringing) – Hi, it’s Doug. So, not only am I a big
fan of the Olympics, I’m also a big fan of flags. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to watch the opening
ceremony of the Olympics and I like to guess which
countries are competing by just looking at their flags. Someone named Ja’Kehis has a
question about the Olympics. Let’s give him a call now. – Hi Doug. – Hi Ja’Kehis. – I have a question for you. What are some of the weirdest
sports in the Olympics? – That’s a great question. You’ve probably watched the Olympics and seen sports like this. This is swimming or here’s running. And here’s gymnastics. These are in the summer Olympics. But you know, there’s also
the Winter Olympic sports, like snowboarding, and
here’s figure skating. Sometimes though, you’ll
see a sport come on that you’ve never seen before and you’ll think, “What is this?” This is so weird! What are they doing? What you’re seeing right here is a real Olympic sport though. In fact, it’s pretty intense. This one is called synchronized swimming. Now, you might think a sport seems weird, but it’s probably just because you’re not used to seeing it. Keep in mind, what seems weird to you might not be weird to someone else. Synchronized swimming started
in the country of Germany. Now, it’s become an Olympic
sport and there’s even an American team. The Olympics involve countries
from all over the world. So, I’ll bet there are
probably lots of sports that seem weird to you because you’re not used to seeing them. In the spirit of the Olympics, today, I wanna challenge you to a competition. I’m gonna show you four different sports that you might not have
seen very much before. See if you can guess which of these sports are part of the Olympics
and which ones aren’t. Are you ready? Okay, here’s sport number one. This is the sport of tug-of-war. Now, in this sport, two
teams pull on either end of a rope to get the rope onto their side. What do you think? Is tug-of-war a sport in the Olympics? For now, just quietly guess and
keep the answer to yourself. We’ll pause after I show you all four. Okay, here’s sport number two. Racers, on your mark, get set, now walk really fast. This sport is called race walking. These athletes are racing each other but, it’s not a race where you run. In fact, running is not allowed. They can only walk. They have to keep one foot
touching the ground at all times. What do you think? Is race walking a sport in the Olympics? Alright, lets’ go on
to sport number three. This one is called curling. In curling, players slide
a big piece of stone across the ice while the teammates sweep the ice in front
of the stone with brooms. You can see, I’m not making this up. They’re trying to get
it to stop on the target on the other side. What do you think? Is curling an Olympic sport? Think about that and quietly
keep the guess in your mind. On we go now. The last one, sport number four. Now, at first, this looks like skiing. But watch, it’s not skiing. This sport is a dancing sport. It’s a little bit more
like figure skating, but with skis on. It’s called ski ballet. What do you think? Is ski ballet an Olympic sport? Well, now would be a good
time to pause the video if you wanna write down your guesses about each of these four sports. Which ones are part of the Olympics? Tug-of-war, race walking, curling, and ski ballet. Go ahead and pause the video now. Okay, you ready? Well, believe it or not,
all four of these sports have been Olympic sports. Race walking and curling
are currently sports in the Olympics. Race walking is in the summer Olympics. You could see it recently
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And you can watch curling
in the winter Olympics in South Korea. But at one point,
tug-of-war and ski ballet were Olympic sports too. This is a picture of one of the last times that tug-of-war was in the Olympics. Now you can guess from this photograph that it was a pretty long time ago. It was back in the early 1900s. Ski ballet may be one of
the least known sports ever. It’s no longer a common
sport, but about 30 years ago, athletes from all over the
world competed in ski ballet in two different Winter Olympic games. The modern Olympics
have been going for over 120 years now and sports
have changed a lot over time. But there’s a chance that tug-of-war might be added back to
the Olympics in 2020. And who knows? Sports you might find
even weirder than these might be added to the
Olympics in the future. So, in summary, there are
lots of different sports in the Olympics because
there are countries from all over the world competing. Some sports are ones you already know and others might seem weird to you. The Olympics is a chance
to learn about them. That’s all for this week’s question. Thanks Ja’Kehis for asking it. Now, for the next
episode, I reached into my question jar and found three
questions submitted to me that I’m thinking about answering. When this video’s done playing, you’ll get to vote on one. You can choose from, “Do brown
cows make chocolate milk?” “Why is February a shorter month “than all the others?” Or, “How do broken bones heal?” And Doug, how did you break your arm? So, submit your vote
when the video’s over. I wanna hear from all of you watching. There are mysteries all around us. Stay curious and see ya next week.

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