2016 Olympics

The Rio 2016 Olympics came to a close yesterday. It was an exciting 16 days of competition and camaraderie. Now that it’s over, those of us who love the games are stuck waiting another four years to experience this kind of excitement again. Here at Ripley’s, we’re a little disappointed that the IOC didn’t consider any of our proposed sports for the games. But those aren’t the only oversights.

The spectacular competition of Dødsing was just brought to our attention, and we can’t help but think that the Olympics would be even better if this were added to their diving competition.

Dødsing

Originating in Oslo, Norway, Dødsing roughly translates to “Death Diving.” There’s a very good and simple reason for this: it’s all about the belly flop.

Anyone who’s spent even a little time in a pool as a child has done a belly flop. Whether on purpose or accident, the particular sting of colliding with the water is well known. Now, just imagine doing it from 10 meters up.

The rules are simple. Divers start on the 10-meter high platform and are expected to keep their bodies as straight as possible until they’re close to impact and can curve their body to avoid injury.

 

The judges base their decision on how long the diver keeps their body straight, how unique and entertaining the dive is, and how much splash it produces.

The best part of the sport is that anyone can do it.

One does not need to be super athletic to be good. You have to have guts and perform the jump with style. -Diver Arne Veim Haugland

Underwater Hockey

If watching people plummet into the water isn’t your speed, maybe you should check out Underwater Hockey.

Underwater Hockey, sometimes called Octopush, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s played in a shallow pool with a snorkel and goggles. The puck is weighted so it remains on the bottom. Players have to push the puck along the bottom of the pool towards the opposing team’s goal by using a small stick.

 

There are no tanks or scuba gear. Players hold their breath while trying to score and surface when they need to. Play is only stopped for a foul, timeout, or when a goal is scored.

Since the water portion of the Olympic games lasts for so long, two new additions wouldn’t be a big deal.