Since the first modern Olympics in 1896, new events have come and gone. Check out just some of the sports that once were part of the Olympics.
Unlike most dropped Olympic sports, which tended to last for one or two Games on average, tug-of-war actually had a pretty decent run. It started at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris as part of the wider track and field set of events and lasted for five Games until 1920. During the first competition, a mixed team consisting of Danish and Swedish men took home the gold medal. Countries could also enter more than one team, leading to a sweep of all three medals by the Americans in 1904 and by the British in 1908.
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