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10 Strange Sports You Never Knew Had National Champions

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2. Gurning


Gurning: the sport of distorting one face into the most comedically exaggerated state their flesh will allow.

Tommy Mattinson: reigning champ of the Gurning World Championship and a man whose face may literally be made of rubber. Just sayin'.

4. Air Guitar


Top US Air Guitar Championship contender Matthew “Aristotle” Burns may not have an epic viking beard or too-tight leather pants to back up his abilities, but you know what he does have? Spunk. And more energy than a chihuahua after a keg of Red Bull.

6. Toe Wrestling

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Like all good things in this world, the UK Toe Wrestling Championship owes its humble roots to bored people in a pub. Champions like Alan "Nasty" Nash, however, have turned it into a celebrated sport with a dedicated following, all thanks to their surprisingly durable digits.

7. Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball


There are very few ways to improve dodgeball, the unequivocal crown jewel of everyone's middle school PE experience. But tossing a trampoline into the mix doesn't hurt. Team DOOM from Riverside, CA took international honors when they knocked Toronto out of the mix during the annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship.

8. Egg Throwing


Few sports are as self-explanatory as the UK's World Egg Throwing Championship (except for, you know, football maybe), where eggheads Richard Wells and Tom Harrison took top honors at last year's competition.

9. Chess Boxing


A true test of brains and brawn, chess boxing pits two combatants against one another in alternating rounds of speed chess and fisticuffs. The end result is a flurry of pawns and punches, topped by noted heavyweights like Nikolay "The Chairman" Sazhin, reigning champ of the World Chess Boxing Organization.

10. Canine Freestyle Dancing


"Are you not entertained?!"

1) Something that canine freestyler Thierry Thomas no doubt shouted during his winning Gladiator-inspired routine at the Dog Dancing World Championship.

2) Something that nobody ever has to ask themselves when they're watching a dog dance like a person.