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Olympic Events That Might Have Been



Olympic Events That Might Have Been
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     challenging words:    calisthenics, popularity, venue, weightlifting, demonstration, worldwide, hosts, rugby, worthy, croquet, basis, segment, gymnastics, meters, underwater, lasted
     content words:    Olympic Games, Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, Summer Games, United States, Olympic Committee


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Olympic Events That Might Have Been
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Have you watched any of the Olympic Games on TV? The Summer Olympics are held every four years. The Winter Olympics are also held every four years. They are held on the even years between the Summer Games. You might think that every sport is played in these Games. That is far from being true.
 
2     What happens if a country thinks a sport is worthy of Olympic competition? Any sport must be given a venue as a demonstration sport first. A country that hosts the Olympic Games may ask that a sport popular in its country be demonstrated. The United States introduced women's softball to the Olympics in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. After the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, the Olympic Committee changed its mind. It announced that softball was being dropped from competition. The 2008 Games was the last year it was an official event.
 
3     Some other sports that have had short Olympic lives might surprise you. Did you know that a tug-of-war competition was held in six different Games? In 1900 and 1904, you could compete in the standing hop, step, and jump. Is the 100 meter dash too long for you? In 1900 and 1904, you could run in the 60 meter dash. Perhaps running isn't your sport. You could have walked 10,000 meters until 1952.

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