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  • Sports No longer competing in the Olympics

    The Unites States tug-of-war team in action during the 1908 London Olympics at White City Stadium. Tug of War was an Olympic Event from 1900-1920.
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  • Sporting Events that were once in the Olympics

    Sylvia Frechette of Canada celebrates after her silver medal performance in the solo discipline portion of synchronized swimming during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 6, 1992.
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    W. Bean, Captain MacDonnell, and Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon of the British fencing team at the 1908 Olympic Games in London. All three are seen holding dueling pistols.
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    Jennie Finch of the United States pitches against Taipei during a softball game at Fengtai Field on Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 16, 2008. Since 1936, the only sports to be voted off the Olympic program were baseball and softball. They were voted out at an IOC session in Singapore on July 11, 2005.
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  • Oddest Former Olympics Events

    The Olympic Games were held during the Great Exposition in Paris, 1900. This image shows spectators looking at the hot air balloons in the park at Vincennes. Balloon pilots at the Paris Olympics were judged on distance traveled, time in the air, and ability to land at predetermined coordinates. The sport was removed from the Olympic roster, because of a ban on motorized sports.
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    At the 1906 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece's G. Aliprantes is seen on his way to a gold medal in the gymnastic rope climbing event.
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    Competitors in the marathon at the London Olympics enter Windsor Castle for the start of the race, July 24, 1908. The marathon started with 56 competitors, including Italian runner Dorando Pietri, who at the end, went the wrong way, fell over, and was helped across the finish line. He placed first, but was disqualified because of the outside help.
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  • Sporting Events that were once in the Olympics

    Le Jeu de Paume (pictured in this undated illustration) was played at the 1908 London Olympics and hasn't been back since. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the "palm game" is the original form of tennis, though it more closely resembles racquetball, where the walls are part of the game.
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  • Oddest Former Olympics Events

    France's Monsieur Pierre de Champsavin is seen riding Terpsichore to win the Bronze medal, in the Grand Prix horse jumping Individual event at the 1900 Olympics in Paris.
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    Eric Lemming of Sweden, was the winner of the Javelin event at the 1908 London Olympics, July 1, 1908. Competitors threw with the left and right hand, and were judged by the total distance of both throws.
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    French cyclist tandem team champions Daniel Morelon (R) and Pierre Trentin (L) during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The tandem bicycle 4,000 meter sprint was an Olympic event from 1908-1972.
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    Belgium's Leon De Lumden, winner of the gold medal for pigeon shooting, poses with his rifle at the 1900 Paris Olympics. There has been debate as to whether live pigeon shooting was a full Olympic event. Belgian Leon Lunden shot 21 birds on his way to the championship. Up to 30 unofficial shooting events were also held.
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  • Sports No longer competing in the Olympics

    U.S. runner Lou Marson slides into home plate to score for the U.S., avoiding Cuban catcher Ariel Pestano in the men's semifinal baseball game during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Aug. 22, 2008. Since 1936, the only sports to be excluded from the Olympic program were baseball and softball, which were both voted out by the IOC Session in Singapore on July 11, 2005.
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