Mashable’s Europeana brings us “Skijoring”: the word derives from the Norwegian skikjøring, which translates as “ski driving” in English. In a skijoring race, skiiers being pulled by a riderless horse on a frozen lake.
The race typically lasts between 5 and 20 kilometers, although the race in Kalevala, Russia is over 440 kilometers (270 miles).
And its not just horses — skijoring participants might be pulled by dogs, reindeer and even yaks in place of their ski-poles.
The sport appeared in the Nordic games in 1901, 1905, and 1909. By 1928, it had gained sufficient profile to be included as a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games held in St. Moritz. All three medals were won by the Swiss.
1928 was the first and last time skijoring would appear at the Olympics.