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Could Skijoring be the Next Olympic Sport?

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Who invented this sport? Had to have been a drunk college kid. Copyright: HalmCreative2014

Big news: skijoring, my favorite sport-that’s-not-a-sport is campaigning to make a comeback as a demonstration sport for the next Winter Olympics.

In 2011, I came across skijoring at Quebec’s Winter Carnival. I watched transfixed as crazy Canadians skied over slopes from the back of galloping horses, again and again.

Skijoring can be found where winter really sucks: Canada, Russia, Norway, Montana. It’s been around for awhile (before 1928), but I have a feeling it’s the next hip sport, here to replace interpretive broom dancing, naked bike riding, and bike polo or whatever else we’ve got going on.

There aren’t many official rules. Hitch your cross country skis to something and go.

The unofficial skijoring list: 

  • a pack of giant schnauzers,
  • a pick-up truck,
  • a snowmobile,
  • a well-trained Yeti,
  • a comet (also known as spacejoring),
  • one-thousand running lemmings (turns quickly into cliff diving),
  • a Yak (that’s real),
  • a trolly (SanFranjoring)
  • a swordfish
  • a pair of eager-to-please llamas
  • Poseidon, the God of the Sea (Seajoring)
Skijoring. The next big thing in Olympic Sports.

Joring in style. Copyright: HalmCreative2014

What’s your favorite winter-sport-that’s-not-a sport? Comment below!

Ps. I extended the giveaway! You can still comment on this post for a chance to win Alena Dillon’s very fun book I Thought We Agreed To Pee In The Ocean. Will be announcing/contacting the winner on Tuesday.

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Author: angloadventure

Professional travel writer and near-professional wanderer. Recently lived in Seattle and Quebec City. Traveled across country three times in a car. Can find the best pizza in any city. Published in Fodor's travel guides, Where magazine, Viator and others.

5 thoughts on “Could Skijoring be the Next Olympic Sport?

  1. San FranJoring…… Ha! HA! hA! tooo funny

  2. I had no idea….

    We used to go bumper-hitching. You hang onto a rear bumper, squat down on an icy road and the driver lets ‘er rip. You ruin more boots and frontal lobes that way.

    • Yeah. We Chicagoans call it skeetching and my brother once skeetched on the back of the school bus.

      I have a funny story about a type of joring-bumper hitching. I was all set to try it waay back in Iowa City, 2002? College… We tied an innertube to the back of a pick up truck. The Husband (then the Boyfriend) went first, hit a shard of metal that ripped his boot right off his foot.

      When it was my turn, I declined, even though I had sipped some courage-enhancing Peppermint Schnapps.

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