Whimsical GIFs of Ridiculous Sports that used to be in the Olympics

Seed Animation has created some hilarious GIFs that follow a cheeky athlete as he completes outrageous events based on sports that once were in the Olympics.


The Rio Olympics have finally come to a close, so we thought it would be timely to look back over this series of hilarious GIFs released by Seed Animation, poking fun at some of the quirkier sports of Olympic history that no longer exist.

Seed Animation created 19 short animated loops of 'WTF Olympic events that no longer grace the games', and released them on Instagram to mark each day of the Rio Olympics.

The Forgotten Games explore a time when you could run around as a target while darts were thrown at you, ride hot air balloons and cycle in a tandem, and claim that these were Olympic sports.

Take a look at some of our favourite GIFs and follow the whimsical and somewhat cheeky athlete as he completes the outrageous sports of a pastime.

GIF: Tandem Cycling - last contested in the Western German Olympic Games 1972.

GIF: 50m Running Target - last contested at the Athens Olympic Games 2004.


GIF: Hot air balloon race - last contested in the Paris Olympic Games 1900.

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GIF: Horse longjumping - last contested in the Paris Olympic Games 1900.


GIF: Underwater swimming - last contested in the Paris Olympic Games 1900.


GIF: Canon Shooting - last contested in the Paris Olympic Games of 1900.

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GIF: Tug-o-war - last contested in the Antwerp Olympic Games 1920.


GIF: Standing High Jump - last contested in the Stockholm Olympic Games 1912.