Barrel jumping is a sport in which ice skaters attempt to jump over barrels lined up side by side, going for maximum distance. It was part of speed skating events, as skating speed is very important for getting maximum distance.
The sport started in the 1920s, was competed at World Championships level up until the 1960s, but though unfortunately, you don't see it at all anymore. The sport reached its peak in popularity when it was televised as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports starting in the 1960s.
Note: there are some references online to barrel jumping at the 1904 St Louis Olympic Games. The photo available shows people jumping through a barrel, in some sort of obstacle race. It may have been held at the time, but was never part of an official Olympic Games event.
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