When you hear the word ‘Olympics,’ your mind automatically redirects your thoughts to 100-meter dashes, marathons, pole vaults, long jumps, etc. But add ‘winter’ to it, and ignoramuses like us might be a little confused over what to expect.
With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi just around the corner, it is about time we all find out what sports will be played in Sochi in three days’ time. They may seem strange for Olympics, but rest assured, they are very real.
Here, teams of two or four competitors, having mounted gravity-powered sleds, make timed-runs down narrow, twisting channels. Whoever clocks the fastest time, wins.
This sport in its early days looked like this:
But now it has taken this form:
Looks like this to us:
To the naked eye, the sport of curling looks like a bunch of guys cleaning up around a tea kettle with their brooms. But that kettle-looking thing is actually a slide stone. The Broom is a broom though. The aim here is to get the sliding kettle into the targeted area on the far end of a sheet of ice.
This is curling:
Can you dance on ice? If yes, then you can have a shot at Winter Olympics. Unless, of course, you have moves like these:
Keep those filthy thoughts out of your mind; this is a legit snow sport. The Russians could have a problem with it in the male-male category though.
Same thing done on a sled lying the other way around changes the sport into Skeleton. A tag team in this posture would make the one buried underneath really uncomfortable, which is probably why Skeleton is just a one-man thing, unlike Luge.
Do these sports sound too new, too strange and too tough for you to take part in? Never mind, you can just join this team: