Akebono, Konishiki, & Musashimaru
Here we see Konishiki going for the gold on the men’s 60m ski jump. Unfortunately he was unable to stop after landing at the bottom of the hill and injured 12 spectators, 3 critically. On the bright side, he qualified in 4th place and will compete in Sunday’s finals.
MOTOBU, Okinawa — Hundreds have thronged to Sesoku island to watch this year’s goat sumo ceremony, a clash dating back to prewar days where goats battle it out in the middle of a ring to determine which animal will become champion.
Goat sumo involves putting two goats into a ring with a radius of about 6 meters and then setting them against each other as they butt horns, stand on their hind legs and attack each other. Each bout can last for up to 15 minutes unless one of the goats runs away before that time. In the event both goats remain in the ring for the duration, the animal that has made the most hits with its horns is declared the winner.
This year featured 18 combatants at weights ranging from 60 to 130 kilograms. Goats have a reputation for being relatively docile, but organizers said they become extremely aggressive when pitted against a competitor in the ring. Goat sumo bouts are apparently extremely stressful for the animals involved, which tend to become very quiet after being forced to fight.