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10 Bizarre Olympic Events


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Skeleton
For sheer terror (with a dose of the bizarre), not much beats skeleton.
For sheer terror (with a dose of the bizarre), not much beats skeleton.
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If the previous entries have left you longing for bizarre times past (or future, if pole dancing is thrown in the mix), fear not: The modern Olympic Games still feature plenty of strange sports. First up: skeleton. Granted, many of the ice track sports seem a little bizarre and more than a little dangerous. But there is something uniquely perilous-seeming about the sport known as skeleton. (Even the name makes it sound ominous. Luge, by comparison, sounds like it could double as a warm tasty beverage.)

In a skeleton competition, you hurtle yourself down a track of ice, with all the super awesome physics at work that you see in bobsledding, only instead of being seated comfortably in an upright and secure position, you shoot down this chilly vortex of fear face-first.

Face-first. So anything bad that is likely to happen, in all probability, is going to scramble your brains before it even gets to work on other important body parts. If training and competing in this sport on a regular basis isn't bizarre, we're not sure what is.