You Used to Be Able to Win a Gold Medal for Town Planning

Tug of war was an official event between 1900 and 1920. One country could enter multiple teams, making it possible for nations to medal more than once. And indeed, in 1908, Great Britain took home the gold, silver, and bronze medals in the sport. Their victory was marred by one slight setback: the team that won the bronze was accused of wearing huge, heavy shoes that would have given them an advantage.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Water motorsports involved motorboat drivers racing one another. 00:54

  2. Architectural design and town planning both used to be Olympic events. 02:59

  3. The sculpture competition category included three subgroups: statues, reliefs, and plaques and medals. 05:12

Written by Curiosity Staff December 4, 2015

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