From the up and coming to the what were they thinking of Olympic Sports

By Mike Headrick | Posted - Aug. 2, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.



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LONDON -- Skeet shooting is an Olympic sport.

So is Badminton.

But what about all those other sports? You know. The ones you wish were in the Olympics - but haven't made the cut?

Like skateboarding.

It's one of the fastest growing sports in the world and one of the most popular among teens.

But it's not an Olympic sport. Gold-medal winning snowboarder - and pro- skateboarder - Shaun White wants to change that.

White says he wants skateboarding in Brazil's 2016 Summer games. Unlike other pro-skaters - White says the Olympics will bring both money and attention to the sport.

Another sport some hope to see in 2016 is Mixed Martial Arts - or M-M-A.

MMA combines every Olympic combat sport into one. At least 13 Olympic gold medalists have fought in the octagon. And one, Randy Couture, is a three-time Olympic alternate. Tonight - the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will talk in London about the sport's potential appearance in the 2016 summer games.

Now to some more obscures sports - like competitive eating...

Guys like Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut turned this county-fair pastime into a somewhat respectable competition. They train like athletes.Push their bodies to the limits. But so far - the gorge-fest - has not made the games.

Finally - what about Quidditch?

No... Not the game Harry Potter plays.

Real-people quidditch. The game played in the park. By people running around with broomsticks between their legs.

This sport is actually played in 25 countries - by 700 teams. And athletes hope the Olympic committee will one day consider it a serious sport.

What about those games that were no longer deemed worthy to be called an Olympic sport.

In grade school it is a popular gym class event. And 100 years ago, well, you could win a gold medal doing it. Clearly, not a big crowd pleaser the rope climb slipped and fell from the olympics in 1932

And how about this family reunion favorite. For 20 years countries competed in the tug of war. But in an event where much of the world competes in peace, it was dropped.

Speaking of peace, this one was just the opposite. Before the creation of PETA, live pigeon shooting was a part of the 1900 Olympic Games. Appropriately it was scrapped, and the clay birds took their place.

Keeping on the subject of fire arms, Pistol Dueling was another one-hit wonder back in 1906. And no, I wasn't a fight to the finish. They shot at dummies dressed in fancy overcoats.

And finally synchronized swimming has been a part of the summer games for decades. Solo synchronized, not so much. The name itself is an oxymoron.

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