Horseshoe Aces Pursue World Title In Aging Sport

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The world-horseshoe pitching tournament is being called the most relaxed championships on the planet. Perhaps that's because the average age of this year's competitors is 53.

This year's tourney in Illinois is the largest in a decade, but organizers say player ranks are shrinking in the age of the Wii (wee) and Gameboy.

Still, that hasn't stopped the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America from looking into getting the game into the Olympics. One problem is that it's basically an all-American sport.

Horseshoes may have started thousands of years ago, when soldiers tossed rings at stakes in the ground in a sport that became the English game of quoits. When horseshoes became common, soldiers took to tossing them instead.

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