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Obscure Olympic sports from the past that we'd pay to see in HD
It's that time of year again when we take pause to reflect upon the strange tastes and ambitions of our bygone brethren. With the London 2012 Olympics' debut just around the corner, we've rustled up quite a few retired Olympic sports that we wish we could see in HD this year and in 2014.
An official Olympic sport in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912 and 1920, it's no surprise that Sweden would be one of the the front runners in this obscure, off-beat event.
In 1896 only two Greek Olympians were able to reach the top of the 14 meter rope (think roughly 6 stories high). Winners were determined by time to reach the top as well as "style."
A great way to take a nap between the discus and 100-meter dash in 1912.
Music, sequined snow suits and awesome 80s hair make me wonder how in the hell this sport slipped by me until now. 1988, 1992.
In 1904, competitors took off form a spring-free platform only 18 inches above water and were judged upon how far they could propel themselves face-downwards without any assistance from their arms or legs. Otherwise known as, Something You Mastered at Summer Camp.
In 1932, seven-dog sled teams set out for two days. Has this been made into a reality TV show yet? Professional dog sledders trump professional crab catchers.
It sounds like way too many legs and way too many arms flying around at way too high a speed for anyones' good. Officials seemed to determine as much as the sport was retired after 1896 games.
It's making a comeback, y'all! Angling for a place in the 2018 Pyeongchang games, bandy hit the winter Olympics in 1952. It looks like hockey, but it's not… apparently.
Those are our top picks. What sport would you like to see have a triumphant return?