10 Now Defunct Olympic Events

Sadly, you won't be seeing these in London.

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4. Plain High Diving

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While diving is still around today, this event featured no acrobatic moves. Debuting in 1912, plain high diving was merged with other diving events in 1928 because, well, it was boring.

7. Club Swinging

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Juggling as an Olympic sport? Close, but not quite. In this sport, competitors swung clubs around, performing a complicated routine, never allowing the clubs to escape their hands. This gymnastics event was played twice, at both the 1904 games in Saint Louis, Missouri—yes, that happened too—and the LA games in 1932.

8. Motor Boating

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Get your head out of the gutter. Real motor boats raced around a long course, though the event itself proved to have limited staying power in Olympic history. These motor bores made their first and last appearance during London's 1908 games.

10. Underwater Swimming

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Holding his breath for a little over a minute and swimming 60 meters earned Charles DeVandeville a gold medal in 1900. Sadly, this was the only gold medal ever given out for this lackluster event.