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The Dinner Party: Lost Olympic sports

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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A gymnast competes in the rope-climb at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The Olympic sport of rope climbing is no longer an Olympic competition. TheIllustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics

Madeleine Brand finds out the latest conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, the hosts of KPCC's "Dinner Party."

Did you know solo synchronized swimming used to be a sport? Rico and Brendan fill you in on Olympic sports of the past. Rope climbing was an Olympic sport from 1896-1932. Also pigeon shooting. Yes, real birds were once shot from the skies! At the Olympics!

Another fun fact to share at your dinner party this weekend: 153 years ago this week the first patent was issued for the escalator.


Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, host "The Dinner Party."

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