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He dominated the 500cc Grand Prix grids throughout the 1990s. The only thing that could beat Doohan would eventually be one thing – injury. During his accumulation of five consecutive World Championships (’94-98) . Those that know, say the bike was unrideable. Mick Doohan could ride it.
The first Olympic drug suspension wasn’t until 1968. At the Mexico games, Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, a Swedish pentathlete, was suspended because he tested positive for a banned substance. That substance was Alcohol. He drank several beers before the pentathlon.
In the world’s most competitive sport, Spain won three consecutive major trophies, the 2008 and 2012 Euros with the small matter of the 2010 World Cup sandwiched in between. Not only did they win but they won in style and by creating a new footballing method: the high-tempo, short passing ‘tiki-taka.’
George was a professional footballer who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland. In 68 he won the European Cup with United, and named the European Footballer of the Year. The man was known as the fifth Beatle. Pele called him ‘ the greatest player on Earth’.
Thomas Lord (1755 – 1832) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1787 to 1802. Overall, Lord made 90 known appearances in first-class cricket. He was mostly associated with Middlesex and with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as a ground staff bowler. Lord is best remembered as the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The only player to win the Grand Slam twice, first as an amateur in 1962, then as a professional in 1969. The greatest-ever left-hander was also undefeated in the four successive Wimbledon tournaments he contested in 1961, 1962, 1968 and 1969. “The Rocket” with the effectiveness of his serve, with its kick and placement, was unmatched […]
The Augusta club couldn’t afford to pay the 1st winner, Horton Smith, or any of the top finishers until 17 members chipped in for the purse. In 46, the delivery of the winner’s plaque to Herman Keiser was delayed to give time for the club and its members to pay for the silver.
The 1904 Summer Olympics were held in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first time the US had athletes competing in the gymnastics competitions. Because of the location, many of the athletes were American. Of the 119 gymnasts competing that year, 111 were American. All of the gymnastics events held were for men.
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We always talk about the 1896 start of the modern Olympics but the ancient Olympics demised only once the Roman emperors became Christian. Pagan festivals were at first discouraged and then completely outlawed. The Olympic games were first and foremost a religious celebration in honour of Zeus, they held no place in the Christian empire. […]
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