I’m going to be covering Olympic shooting again Friday. This trip reminds me of a shooting event from the 1900 Paris Games:
Live pigeon shooting.
I’m not kidding.
David Wallechinsky, the great Olympic historian, described the event in his book, The Complete Book of the Olympics.
“This disgusting event marked the only time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose.”
Belgian Leon de Lunden won the event, killing 21 once-live pigeons.