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.

Shot Put

Shot Put: 16 pounds, must be a smooth sphere made of iron, brass, or metal not softer than brass

Next time you’re at your local bowling alley grab yourself one of the heavy 16-pound balls with the gigantic finger holes and hold it up to your shoulder. Then look at the end of the lane and imagine yourself trying to throw it over the pins. Does that feel possible? Because that’s only 60 feet away – and to compete for an Olympic medal, you’d have to heave a 16-pound shot over 70 feet.

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