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First Winter Olympics

The first Winter Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France, 16 nations sent 258 participants to compete in six different sports. Sochi had 88 nations and more than 2,800 participants to compete in 98 events in seven sports.

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Unbelievable

During the hundred days of the opening games at the Colosseum in Rome, in 80 A.D., over 5,000 animals were killed, including elephants, tigers, lions, elks, hyenas, hippopotamuses, and giraffes. I’m sure the London games were better.

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Reversibilty

In training and fitness what takes 3 months to get in fitness you lose in a month! That’s the principle of reversibility! Use it or lose it.

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Stalefish

A ‘stale fish’ is a classic hold in Snowboarding and skateboarding where you hold onto your heel edge between your bindings using your trailing hand.

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Ban Table Tennis!

Table tennis was banned in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1950. The sport was believed to be harmful to the eyes.

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Equality

Croquet was the first outdoor sport to embrace equality, allowing both sexes to play the game on an equal footing.

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Do basketballs live long?

According to manufacturer Spalding the average lifespan of an NBA basketball is 10,000 bounces

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Masking Agents

Masking drugs prevent the detection of other drugs and unfortunately, they evolve as quickly as the testing methods.

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Duffy Daugherty

“My only feeling about superstition is that it’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.”

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12 inches

On the professional circuit, players are allowed to throw darts that are 12-inches long.

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Dots on American Pool Balls

In American Pool, the cue ball has 6 red dots on the white cue ball. This is show specatators the amount of ‘English’ (spin) has been put on the ball.

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Most Expensive Olympic Games

ATOW  the Sochi games cost $51 billion to host, making them the most expensive ever.

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Baseballs

Regulation Major League baseballs feature exactly 108 stitches

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Figure Skating a Summer Olympic Sport!

Figure Skating made it’s first appearance at the Summer Olympics in London 1908 before going on to become a big part of the Winter Olympics.

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Taekwondo

The literal translation of taekwondo is ‘way of the hand and foot’.

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Young Boys

The Young Boys of Bern. Known as Young Boys for short, this Swiss side was created at the end of the 19th Century. The team name came about thanks to a football game organised by a group of students at a university.

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Par

Par is derived from the stock exchange term that a stock may be above or below its normal or ‘par’ figure. In 1870, Mr AH Doleman, asked the golf professionals David Strath and James Anderson, what score would win ‘The Belt’, then the winning trophy for ‘The Open’ Mr Doleman called this ‘par’ for the course.

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Longest frame of snooker

In 2008 at the Chinese Open Shaun Murphy and Dave Harold fought out the longest frame ever recorded in a snooker tournament, taking a yawn-some 93 minutes and 12 seconds to get done.

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Althea Gibson

Tennis great Althea Gibson was the first Black woman to win Wimbledon.

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Won’t happen again, for sure.

Only 3 clubs have won the UEFA Champions League fielding local players – Celtic (1967), Real Madrid (1966) and FC Steaua Bucarest (1986).

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Jack Nicklaus

  With 20 major championship wins to his name, the man who came to be known as the “Golden Bear” is acknowledged as the most successful golfer in history. He displaced Arnold Palmer as the world’s top player in the 1960s, winning his last US Open in 1986, 24 years after his first.

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Thirsty!

Thirst is not a good indicator of when to drink.

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther, the religious leader is credited with inventing nine-pin bowling

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Oldest Football World Cup Winner

Dino Zoff, who in 1982 became the oldest player to lift the trophy at 40 years and 133 days.

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Basketball Hall of Fame

The Basketball Hall of Fame was created in 1959 in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the game was created.

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Most popular Racquet Sport.

Table tennis is the most popular racquet sport in the world and ranked second overall in terms of participation. Over 10 million players compete in sanctioned tournaments each year.

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Dakar Rally

Stéphane Peterhansel holds the record for most Dakar Rally wins; he won the motorcycle category (on a Yamaha) 6 times and has won the car category 5 times.

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Zlatan was displeased when asked about a rumour he had brought a Porsche

“Absolutely not, I have ordered a plane. It is much faster.”

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Almost wins?

“Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win.” – Doug Collins… Almost? What happens the other times?

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Most lucrative individual game in the World

The Championship play off game is often referred to as the most lucrative. The winners gain promotion to the payday of the Premier League. (ATOW £100,000,000 minimum)

 

 

 

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Golf Obsessed

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a massive golf enthusiast, so much so that he had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.

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When and why did the ancient Olympics finish?

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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Larry Brown

“You have to do something in your life that is honourable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

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After You

The Greek team always leads the opening ceremony procession. The last team is the hosting country and the order of the teams in the middle is in alphabetical order.

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Cough Cough

In the 20’s the riders would often share cigarettes while riding. The were believed to help “open the lungs” before big climbs.

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Hand picked fans

Not surprisingly North Korean World Cup soccer fans are actually hand-picked by the government. The fans are also made up of Chinese volunteers since North Koreans are not allowed to travel.

 

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