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Winter Olympic sports we no longer play: Speed skiing

Prior to the 1990s, host countries for the Winter and Summer Olympics often showcased “demonstration sports” as part of the activities at the Games. These sports weren’t medal events, but rather a chance to showcase niche sports that were often popular regionally. Some of these demo sports went on to become official events. Many did not. Here are a few of the weirder demonstration sports that have featured in past Winter Olympics.(Getty)

Strange Winter Olympic sports from Games past

Prior to the 1990s, host countries for the Winter and Summer Olympics often showcased “demonstration sports” as part of the activities at the Games. These sports weren’t medal events, but rather a chance to showcase niche sports that were often popular regionally. Some of these demo sports went on to become official events. Many did not. Here are a few of the weirder demonstration sports that have featured in past Winter Olympics.