Every four years, viewers around the world eagerly tune in to watch familiar Winter Olympic sports such as figure skating and alpine skiing as well as quirkier events such as short-track speed skating and curling. But over the years there have been even more unusual and extreme sports that were once staged at the Winter Games.

Many of these now-discontinued events were demonstration sports, often indigenous to the host countries, in which winners did not receive official medals. The following eight are among the most curious in Winter Olympics history.

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