Sword to Shot Put: 10 Olympic Sports You've Never Thought About

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Sword to Shot Put: 10 Olympic Sports You've Never Thought About

Ever wonder how much a javelin weighs or where the pole vault came from? Olympics events feature some pretty odd sports equipment. Here's a run-down of the Game's most intriguing competitions.

Steeplechase Set-Up

Steeplechase Hurdle: 91.4cm high (3 feet)

Water Jump Length: 3.66 x 3.66 (12 feet x 12 feet)

Water Depth:70 cm gradient (over 2 feet closest to the hurdle, gradually leveling off)

The steeplechase looks more like a competition from a Real World/Road Rules Challenge than a bona fide Olympic event. It’s as if two stoners were watching the hurdles a long time ago and they thought, "Wouldn't it be awesome if after they jumped a three-foot hurdle they had to clear a three-foot long puddle?" And then that became an Olympic event and nobody ever questioned it.

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