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Sports are crazy. They provide millions if not billions of people with the highest of ups, and the lowest of downs. They teach detirmination, persistence, sportsmanship, loyalty, and more. It's crazy how much a ball, skates, or any object used to play a sport can impact your life so deeply. Crazy.
In this article I will be looking at sports that are crazy. Sports that you've never heard of, but will surely remember after reading. Below are the 5 craziest sports you've never heard of!
#1- Ice Cross
Ice Cross’ main competition, Crashed Ice, is endorsed by Red Bull, just like many action filled, extreme sports. Ice Cross downhill, better known as Ice Cross or Crashed Ice, is filled with hills, jumps, hitting, and more, all while on an ice course. Similar to the skiing competition, Ski Cross, Ice Cross is a sport that is very fun to watch.
With all of its action packed enjoyment comes danger. You often see racers tripping, big collisons, and more. Red Bull Crashed Ice has gained some popularity as of late, having events in stadiums such as Fenway Park. Ice Cross is definitely a sport on the rise.
#2- Cheese Rolling
Now, Cheese Rolling can’t be an actual sport, but can it? The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake event is a global phenomenon. Men and women from all over the world annually travel over to Gloucester, England in order to try to win a giant round of Double Gloucester Cheese.
The concept of the race is simple, everybody starts on top of Cooper’s Hill, along with a round of cheese that ways 7-9 pounds. Everybody (including the cheese) rolls down the hill, and the first person to travel all the way down wins. However, this is sport also comes with danger. The block of cheese has injured many people, as it reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour. In recent years, they’ve replaced the giant block of cheese for a foam block of cheese, with the winner getting the actual block. Reports have shown that over a thousand people are injured every year due to the race.
Thousands of people have tried this sport, with winners coming from countries such as Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, and America. Out of all these winners, one man has risen above the rest into Cheese Rolling history, that man being no other than Chris Anderson. Anderson won the event 22 times, and announced his retirement from the race after winning gold in 2018.
Shin-kicking is a sport that is mainly played in England. Originated in the 17th century, shin kicking is an odd sport. It’s played amongst two competitors who hold each others shoulders they take turns at kicking one another. Whoever shouts, “Enough!” first loses the game, and the other takes home the joy of being a winner. Shin Kicking doesn’t have many huge tournaments such as Ice Cross and Cheese Rolling, but the sport still does draw hundreds of people to its ‘games’.
#4- Swamp Soccer
Swamp Soccer is just what is sounds like. Soccer, but in a swamp. Swamp Soccer is also based in England (seems as if the Englishmen have a knack for making bizarre sports) has its own governing body, Swamp Soccer UK Ltd, based in Scotland. Swamp Soccer has its own Swamp Soccer World Cup, and tournaments have been held in Beijing, Istanbul, and Mumbai in an effort to increase the sports attention. It’s definitely a bizarre sport with potential, however, with this being said, I would definitely go attend a match if the opportunity arose. Maybe I will interview the Swamp Soccer World Champions (if you would like to see that happen go leave a comment down below!)
Now this is a sport I see potential in. Bossaball is a sport incorporating elements of soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics in it. The word “Bossa” means flair in Portuguese, and it’s safe to say there is tons of flair in Bossaball. Bossaball is played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on both sides of the net. Players bounce on these trampolines do spike the ball over the net (keep in mind this isn’t just a volleyball spike, this may be a bicycle kick!)
Bossaball also uses tons of music in its game. The music helps set the vibes for the game, and a DJ is right next to the court all game, adding even more flair to the sport of Bossaball.
Written by Chris Dailey
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