After Americans went to the polls, the rest of the world went to the poles -- for the World Pole Dancing Championships this past weekend in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dancers from 26 countries did what they could do to raise the bar for the sport, which has become as popular in gyms as it has in exotic night clubs.

Some say the physical act of climbing and twirling around a pole has roots in the Chinese circus, according to PolicyMic.com. Back then, it was performed by men more than women.

It wasn't until the late 1980s that pole dancing moved into gentlemen's clubs.

Because of pole dancing's Asian roots, the Chinese pole dancing team had high hopes to win big in Zurich, according to GlobalTimes.

Instead, the country remains the sport's sleeping giant. The competition was dominated by Russian and Ukraine dancers, including Ukraine's own Natalia Tatarintseva, the top female, according to HuffPost UK,

GALLERY: WORLD POLE DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor prepares prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor prepares prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A detail of a competitor as she participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors prepare prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor streches before participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor looks on prior to participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors prepare prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: The audience looks at a competitor participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors prepare prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors joke prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor streches before participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors prepare prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Judges mark a competitor participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors prepare prior to participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Details of competitors as she participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor streches before participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: The audience looks at a competitor participating at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Competitors participate at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • World Pole Dancing Championship 2012

    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A competitor participates at the World Pole Dancing Championship 2012 held at the Volkshaus on November 10, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)