Origin Stories Behind The Famous Sports From Around The World

Sports are fun to play, and it’s good exercise too. Believe it or not, many of the games you play have some very intriguing origin stories. Some of them go back thousands of years. On the other hand, some games were recently invented, but they became a hot commodity for people looking for something a little less traditional.

After reading their origin stories, you might want to give these sports a chance!

Skiing Is One Of The Oldest Sports In History

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Ski-like objects were discovered in Northern Russia dating back from 6,000 BCE. It wasn’t until the 1700s that skiing took a giant leap forward when the Norwegian military used them. They would hold downhill races, navigating around trees and other obstacles, all while shooting at the same time.

The first national race took place in Oslo in 1860 with Alpine (downhill) skiing making its first Olympic appearance in the 1936 games.