The second modern Olympics was held in France in 1900. One of the competitive events that year was Poodle clipping, but for some reason it was not continued past 1900.
Olympic Poodle clipping, held in Bois de Boulogne, featured 128 competitors.
Six thousand spectators, one of the largest of the games, watched this historic sports spectacle.
Avril Lafoule, a 37-year-old farmer's wife from the Auvergne region of France, won the gold medal by successfully clipping 17 poodles in the allotted two-hour time frame.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French founding father of the modern Olympics, opposed the inclusion of this “sport,” but was outvoted by members of the international Olympic Committee.
Update: The Poodle clipping factoid turns out to be the result of an April Fool's joke by the U.K. Telegraph where it ran on April 1 as part of a countdown to the Olympics. The story was put on the internet without the April 1st context. Apparently it is easy to believe anything about the French and Poodles.