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24/7 Wall St.: 13 Forgotten Olympic Sports

12. Roque

Year Introduced: 1904
Number of Olympics: 1
Last Played: 1904

The only time that roque appeared as an Olympic sport was in St. Louis in 1904, replacing croquet. Roque was considered the cut-rate, American version of the game. Devised by Samuel Crosby, who named it by dropping the ‘c’ and ‘t’ from croquet, the game was played on a hard court, resembling aspects of billiards and golf, in addition to croquet. The only entrants in the competition were Americans. The sport remained popular in the United States for several more decades after its appearance in the Olympics, due in part to the large number of surfaces built as public works projects during the Depression. The game is mentioned by Stephen King in his novel, The Shining, when the main character, Jack Torrance, uses a roque mallet as a weapon. (iStock)

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