Statistics Saturday: Some Uncertified Winter Olympics Sports

  • Basketball
  • Luge high jumps
  • Riding cafeteria trays down the Approach hill without skidding into 8th street and getting run over by traffic
  • The 5280 x 2m ski relay
  • Underwater figure skating
  • Snowman dressing
  • Icicle knitting
  • Cross-country finding the skiier who went out in all white before the polar bear blinking catches them
  • Flagpole-licking
  • Equestrian anything
  • Making Up Mean Things About Denver, Colorado
  • Car-hood-cleaning

Source: Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery, Stephen J Pyne.


Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

4 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: Some Uncertified Winter Olympics Sports”

    1. Dang. I was impressed by him from afar to start with but that … wait, does that include the area around the Raritan where there’s an exit every 60 feet but at least there aren’t tolls?


    1. OK, so, the second time they ran the luge in the Winter Olympics (Grenoble, 1968) there was a scandal when the East German women’s team was discovered to have been heating the runners of their sleds, which allowed them to record three of the four fastest times I the women’s single matches. This on a track that was already controversial because it was built in a spot that got too much sun, making the ice melt except for events held first thing in the morning. So it’s times like this I wonder how ridiculous an Olympic sport can be. The answer is: the 1904 Olympic Marathon, in which one of the Cuban runners stopped during the race to rest after swiping some fruit from an orchard and still came in fourth, and wasn’t even the most nearly jaw-dropping part of the race.


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