The Economist published a list of discontinued Olympic sports since the games of 1896. While this year we can count on such sports as Synchronized Diving, Beach Volleyball, and Water Polo, other events have come and gone.

What many of these discontinued events have in common, and I’m only half-applying the “sarc tag,” is their nod to basic skills of the past. Skills that might come in handy for us again?

I don’t know what Underwater Swimming entails, but I think I’d like to see that come back, along with Running-Deer shooting and especially Tug-of-War.

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