Adrenaline Adventures: Top 10 Thrilling Sports Starting with A

Searching for some exciting sports adventures? Take a look at these popular sports that start with an A!

American football

One of the top US sports, American football also known as just football involves two teams with 11 players in each group. The game is divided into 4 quarters consisting of 15 minutes. The goal is to throw the ball into the opponent’s end zone and score more points. National Football League is one of the top football leagues in the world with a huge fan base and high television viewership.

Alpine Skating

It is alsoreferred to as downhill skating; this involves skiing from a snowy slope from the top to the bottom This sport is played in the Winter Olympics and is an adventurous pastime activity with some risk factor associated with it.  It typically takes place at ski resorts with fixed heel bindings attached to a skier.

Acrobatics Gymnastics

An Olympic sport that involves the combination of gymnastic moves and dance movements such as balance beam, floor exercise routine moves, vault etc. Gymnasts need to be flexible, have strength and good form of coordination in order to perform. This sport is famously conducted at gymnastics competitions as well as circus performances.


These include water-based sports such as swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming and synchronized swimming practices and others. Swimmming is a popular sport with various types such as open water swimming that takes place in open water bodies, hence the name.

While water polo is a competitive team sport which is played between teams. Synchronized or artistic swimming involves performing a routine with music in the water.

All-Terrain Boarding

Popularly known as mountain boarding or dirt-boarding, it includes riding a board that is not your usual board – it has decks, bindings, big wheels with pneumatic tires and two steering mechanisms called trucks. Living up to its name, this sport involves riding on several terrains such as mountain bike trials, woodland, streets, parks, border cross tracks etc. Different techniques such as surfing, skating and snowboarding are tried by mountain boarders.

Arm Wrestling

This fun pastime activity is regarded as a 2 player sport with several championships and matches held around the world. This sport requires some serious upper body muscle strength and focus. Arm wrestling is done between two people who sit opposite of each other who lock their hands with their arms placed on a solid surface.

Auto Racing

It is a widely popular car racing sport featuring some of the most popular international racing competitions around the world such as Formula 1, Vintage Racing, Drag Racing, Touring Car, Rally Cars, Stock Car Racing etc.


Archery is an age-old solo sport which is dated back to the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, around the 18th dynasty. This activity is done for leisure but also for hunting purpose. Practice makes perfect in this bow and arrow game which is more than enough to take down an animal such as a deer! A game of archery involves scoring greater points with the aim to shoot the smallest rings around the target. It requires a keen eye with focus and precision to shoot the target, whether it’s an object or an animal.


Commonly known as track and field, this involves a series of activities such as running, jumping, throwing, sprinting etc.  At the previous Olympic games that was held at Tokyo in 2020, participants competed in 26 events as a part of the Athletics sport.


A marathon which includes swimming and running. This multi-sport event features swimming followed by running. This fast-paced sport requires you to be physically fit with a full land and water workout activities. Athletes take part in this sport who possess excellent swimming skills and a good running speed.


Q. Is there a water Olympic sport that starts with an A?

Yes, artistic swimming also referred to as synchronized swimming is an Olympic sport.

Q. What type of a sport is Athletics?

Athletic involve track and field games such as running, sprinting, jumping etc.

Q. How many sports exists out there that start with the letter ‘A’?

There are about 99+ sports that begin with the letter A. Some are popular sports while some are lesser-known sports played in some parts of the world.

Q. Is arm wrestling regarded as sport?

Yes, it has various matches and championships held for it across the globe.

Author’s Opinion

These exciting sports starting with the letter A are surely worth the ride. From water sports to ancient sports that have evolved over the years, these sports are a great workout for the body with some unique activities!

What do you think?

Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.