It has always bothered me that there's never any mechanical sports in the Olympics games, summer nor winter. Motorcycle racers are top athletes, so why wouldn't they be allowed to measure themselves against others every 4 years, and why wouldn't they be allowed to participate in kick-ass opening ceremonies? It's not fair, but the IOC can't seem to find a motorcycle sport that could be used for any of the Olympics games.
Well, I beg to differ. Back in 1928 at the Winter Games of St. Moritz, Switzerland, they held a horse-skiing race as demonstration (source ). What they did was use a horse to pull a skier, making it a trial for both horse rider, horse and skier. Very noble. Very exiting.
Well, believe it or not, the sport cam from Sweden and Norway, and is called Skijoering. The clever Scandinavians knew that horses or, as originally used dogs, would have a difficult time in their climate, so they substituted horse with motorcycles. Although they initially used tractors, now motorcycle with stud tires, and even quads, pull skiers along a track. The fastest around the track wins.
If ever there was a sport that should be in the Olympics, it's Skijoering. How much fun that would be. Back in 1928, there were 8 teams participating in a 1900 meter track. That sound like it would be great to see Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and even Casey Stoner pulling the likes of Erik Guay , Jean-Baptiste Grange and Ted Ligety around the track.
How about making a petition for the IOC to accept motorcycle skijoering back into the Olympics, with horse substituted by motorcycle? Anyone?
You can read more about motorcycle skijoering by click here , but the site is in German (Google translate is your friend).
Alternatively, this Czech site has many photos .
Read more about Skieoering, click here (in English)