La Canne is a French gentleman's combat sport that looks a lot like fencing, but with a walking stick.
The difficulty of perfect coordination -along with the mandate not to breathe, the ban on goggles, and the Jell-O-coiffures- makes synchronized swimming one of the greatest underdog sports of the Olympic Games.
"I was riding through the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower and several hundred meters away I saw a bus with an amazing rainbow graphic on it. As I rode closer, it drove away, and I couldn't catch up. In the days that followed I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I started looking around."
In 1906 and 1912, the bar for athletic ability was so low that Olympic sharpshooters drew crowds by pretending to duel with giant dolls clothed in men's fancy dress.
It's nearly impossible to buy a gun in Mexico, but very easy to die from one.
The brutish ancestor of ribbon dancing, club swinging was an Olympic gymnastic event in 1904 and 1932. For four minutes at a time, club swingers swayed and dipped a ribbon-festooned bowling pin around their bodies.