Tug of war was an unusual sport included in the Olympics from 1900 to 1920, with the US and Great Britain both winning all three medals in a single year. Other suspended sports include motor boating, lacrosse, and croquet, while golf and rugby have returned. Host nations can include sports of local interest.
Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, some offbeat sports have enjoyed brief periods of inclusion. A good example is tug of war, which was included in the five Summer Olympics held from 1900 to 1920. During that period, there were two times when a single country captured all three medals in a single year. In 1904, the United States captured the gold, silver, and bronze medals in tug-of-war, and the feat was repeated by Great Britain in 1908.
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Ten unusual sports have been suspended since the first modern Olympics in 1896. Along with tug of war, some of the others are motor boating, lacrosse and croquet.
Two sports that were discontinued and later returned to the event roster are golf and rugby, which would resume competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The number of sports played at the Summer and Winter Games varies from one Olympic to another. This is partly because host nations have had the option of including sports of local or regional interest.