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olympic events you didn't know existed

Change up your Olympic watch schedule with these events. 


Who doesn’t want to watch people shoot arrows at a four-foot diameter target from almost 230 feet away? The competition ended, but check it out on NBC’s YouTube.


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Badminton entered the Olympics in 1992. The matches finished Aug. 2, with PV Sindhu (who placed third in singles) making her mark as the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. 



Now this is a nailbiter. Competitors have to navigate through a course of whitewater rapids as fast as they can. 

Canoe/Kayak Slalom

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According to the official Olympics website, table tennis (or ping pong) is the most practiced sport in the world. The medal matches will be played Aug. 5 and 6. 

Table Tennis


Karate is making its Olympic debut this year. There are two types of karate: kumite, which is sparring, and kata, which is performing. Cheer on the three Team USA athletes!


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Land ho! Sailing has been a constant at the Olympics since 1900 with the exception of 1904.


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Possibly one of the craziest competitions, the pentathlon consists of five events: riding, fencing, swimming, shooting and running — all done over the course of one day.

Modern Pentathlon


Watch horses and humans compete together in the three equestrian events: dressage, eventing — composed of jumping, dressage and cross country — and jumping.


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Watch cyclists speed around an undulating track. Though the event finished on July 30, it’s definitely worth a rewatch on YouTube.

BMX Racing


Athletes swim about 6.2 miles in open water during this race. We have trouble swimming one length in a swimming pool!

Marathon Swimming

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Sport climbing is making its Olympic debut this year with speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. The lead climbing wall is over 49 feet tall!

Sport Climbing

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