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Deep jump

First introduced as a new sport for the Albertville Olympics in 1992, all of the nine contestants in training for deep jump eventually cancelled their participation. Six of them later took part in the Paralympics the same year, while the remaining three died of natural causes. This is the only year that deep jump was ever considered to be part of the Olympics, and the sport itself has lost a lot of popularity since then. The sport has also been banned in several countries.

In 2005 a construction worker in Birmingam, England, was arrested for illegally having practised the sport together with his mother-in-law. While the man claimed that the woman herself had volunteered to jump first without asking about the depth of the hole, the jury disapproved and the man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for second degree murder.