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No help from above

No country has ever won the World Cup during the papacy of a Pope from the same country.

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Sergei Bubka

Unrivalled as the supreme pole-vaulter of his generation, winning six consecutive world titles from 1983, Segei was the first man to clear 6 metres.

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Fanny Blankers-Koen

As a 30-year-old mother of two, was persuaded to revive her career by her husband and went on to win four gold medals at the 1948 Olympics. In her career, the Flying Dutchwoman set world records in seven events. Her events included the sprints and Pentathlon.

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Origin of Aussie Rules

Australian Rules football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the off season.

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le maillot jaune

The yellow jersey was first awarded in 1919 to make the race leader stand out. The color yellow was chosen because the pages of the race sponsor’s magazine, L’Auto, were yellow.

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Death by Rugby Ball

Rugby balls and footballs were made from pigs’ bladders and had to be blown up by mouth, it was possible to become ill if blowing up a diseased bladder,the wife of Lindon, a man who made balls for Rugby School in the 19th Century, died after breathing in the toxic air.

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Eye Injuries

Baseball is the sport where you are most likely to suffer an eye injury in the U.S.

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The patron saint of skiers

St Bernard of Montjoux  became patron and protector of skiers through his four decades of missionary work throughout the Alps. He was paid a unique tribute when European dog breeders renamed their alpine herding and rescue dogs in his honour: the St Bernard.

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Ernie Banks

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” 

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NASCAR

The NASCAR acronym stands for the “National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.”

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Ray Malavasi

“I don’t care what the tape says. I didn’t say it.”

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FIFA again!

FIFA doesn’t want the Summer Olympics to compete with their World Cup, so they only allow players 23 and under to participate, with each team being given 3 age exemptions.

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China’s first medal

China didn’t win its first medal until 1984. It’s hard to believe now, since China seems to be a medal-winning monolith . Xu Haifeng won gold in the 50 metre pistol event.

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Nadal is right handed

Rafael Nadal is actually right handed but plays tennis left handed. Uncle Tony taught him that way to get an advantage against other right handers.

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Dial Square

Arsenal were founded as Dial Square in 1886 by a group of workers employed by the Dial Square workshop at the Royal Arsenal, an armaments factory in Woolwich, Kent.

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Biggest international Football Victory

The Socceroos have the world record for largest margin of victory in an international soccer match, beating American Samoa 31-0. That’s around one goal every 3 minutes.

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Paris St Germain PSG

Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, commonly referred to as PSG, is a French professional association football club based in Paris, whose first team play in Ligue 1. The team was formed in 1970 by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain.

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Le Tour Winner doesn’t keep Prizemoney

The overall winner of the race receives a purse of €450,000. He’ll usually split this with his team-mates, or domestiques.

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A Turkey

In bowling, three strikes in a row was called a turkey. The term originated in the 1800s when at holiday time, the first member of a team to score three strikes in a row won a free turkey.

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Emil Zatopek

His distinctive style of  grimacing, head-rolling running style became famous, never more so than the 52 Olympics in Helsinki, where he topped off the 5k and 10k golds with his first marathon a couple of days later and won. Zatopek was unbeaten at 10k between 48 and 54, and he broke 18 world records.

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Slowest Grand National

The slowest time is the 14m 53s it took Lottery to win the first National in 1839.

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Square Circle

Originally contests were fought in a drawn circle on the floor. The  Jack Broughton rules in 1743,  had a small circle in the centre of the fight area where the boxers met at the start of each round. The Pugilistic Society in 1838 is who we thank for the 1st square ring.

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Worlds biggest football crowd

The largest football stadium in the world is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the 1950 World Cup Final in front of a crowd of 199,854. Today the crowd capacity is limited under 80,000. I was there for the reopening 🙂

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26, 27.5 or even 29?

In mountain biking the larger the wheel size, the faster the ride. Generally! Smaller wheel, better maneuverability and strength, 29er, weaker wheel, more prone to technical problems etc etc

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Daley Thompson

Daley could easily lay claim to being the greatest athlete in the world during the 1980s, he won two Olympic titles and set a world record in the decathlon. He also has a Fitness Gym near to me in Putney.

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Energy to brake

Tthe energy needed to slow  a Formula 1car from 315km/h to 185km/h is the same amount needed to make an elephant jump 10 metres in the air.

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Spartak Moscow

Spartak is the Russian name of Spartacus. Originally the team was known as MKS (Moscow Sports Circle). The name Spartak was adopted in 1935. The story of Spartacus was popular in the pre-war Soviet Union.

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Unbelievable but true!

Brazilian football star Ronaldinho first gained media attention when he was just 13. His team won a game 23-0. Ronaldinho scored every single goal in the game.

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Youngest World Cup Winner

Pelé is the youngest ever World Cup winner, picking up the gold in 1958 at just 17 years and 249 days.

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The Calcutta Cup

The Calcutta Cup is the trophy presented to the winner of the England versus Scotland rugby union match. When the Calcutta RFC was disbanded, the memory of the club was kept alive by having the remaining 270 silver rupees in their bank melted down to be made into a trophy.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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