Some of these sports will surprise you. One was just added this year, and one had a HUGE gap between when the Men’s competition and Women’s competitions were added!
Yes, Badminton – shuttlecocks and all, is an Olympic sport. A demonstration sport since 1972, Badminton was made an official Olympic Sport with the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
Since 1908, Men’s Field Hockey has been a part of the Olympic Games. Women’s Field Hockey joined in 1980 at the Moscow Olympics.
Golf is an Olympic sport at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the first time it has been part of the Olympics since 1904.
The Modern Pentathlon is one of the most diverse competitions in the Olympics, and has been an Olympic Sport since 1912. Athletes compete Fencing, 200m Freestyle Swimming, Show Jumping (Yes, with a horse), and a Pistol Shooting + 3,200m Cross Country Run event. Talk about needing a broad skill set.
Yes. It is exactly what it sounds like.
Yes, Since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Trampoline has been an Olympic sport.
Water Polo joined the Modern Olympics for men in 1900, in the second ever Modern Olympics. Women’s water polo followed a full 100 years later in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.