2013 World Toe Wrestling Championship
ATHLETES FEET IN THIS SPORT, IT PAYS TO PLAY FOOTSY BBC A competitor gets toehold at the World Toe Wrestling Championship. How did this sport miss being a demonstration event at the 2012 London Games? A pub in England, the Bentley Brook Inn, recently hosted the 35th World Toe Wrestling Championship. The aim: Competitors lock big toes and try to force their opponent's digit to the floor over three rounds. You have to love the nicknames of the competitors: the men's winner was 10-time champion Alan "Nasty" Nash the Sultan of Soles, no doubt who has appeared on The Tonight Show. Other competitors have included masked wrestlers such as "Predatoe." The women's winner was Becca Birch, who defeated Lisa "Twinkletoes" Shenton. According to the BBC, toe wrestling was "revived" by one George Burgess in 1976 in an attempt to find a sport for British people to dominate. Official rules, according to the BBC, include a ban on stimulants "except alcohol" and each round begins with the referee shouting "toes away." And yes, there is a prematch foot-hygiene check.