Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Horse-Drawn Ski Racing Was Almost An Olympic Sport

image credit: Leo Gaggl

Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse. In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse (or a dog, or a snowmobile) and glides across the snow until she falls down or the horse gets tired.

Eighty-six years ago, Skijoring was on the verge of becoming a full-fledged Olympic event. The sport caught the eye of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics. He expressed his hope that there might one day be room for skijoring in the Olympic Games. As we know, that never happened.

(thanks Cora)

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