Demonstration sports at the Olympic games
The host countries of either the summer or winter Olympics got to add extra non-official events to the games. These were called demonstration events and showcased some of the sports played in that country. Some of these sports became Olympic events others did not quite make the cut there have not been demonstration events at the Olympic games since 1990.
3 Unusual sports no longer to be seen at the Winter Olympics
#1 Ski Ballet
IT is much like ice-skating complete with complex flips, spins and jumps except the dancer is wearing skis and they are not on the ice but on the snow.
Ski ballet made its appearance in the Olympics in 1988 at the Calgary games and then again in 1992 at the Albertville games in France.Its complex rules were not very understandable and the event did not draw much crowd attention.
This sport is much like dog sledding except the person does not have a sled and can be pulled by a dog or horse on skis.Although it is still enjoyed in Europe and North American the sport only ever made a preview in the Olympic once and that was at the Winter Games in 1928 in St, Moritz.
The demonstration that was shown had competitors hanging onto the reins of their horses as the got pulled along a frozen snow covered lake.
#3 Speed skiing
Is skiing down a designated and or designed slope/course as fast as possible. The goal is to have the fastest miles/ kilometres per hour. The competitor either ski to break a standing record or to have the fastest time at a competition.
Due to a tragic death of a speed skier during practice and the fact the sport is not a good TV audience draw the sport never quite made it after its one and only appearance at the Albertville Games in 1992.
Whilst some of these unusual sports are still played in their country of origin it is best to remember that they have probably been played there for years. Never try any sport without the supervision of someone who knows how to do them or a trained professional.