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Why a cap?

A cap is a metaphorical term for a player’s appearance in a game at international level. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself by wearing a specific sort of cap.

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G Forces

During an F1 race a driver will experience up to 5G under braking and cornering and 3G under hard acceleration, meaning that his neck has to support up to 24kgs during a long corner. Go and pick that up in the gym and imagine it!

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Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny kicked the World Cup winning Drop Kick of his wrong leg! True Legend

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Half empty arena

WHEN 7-1 UNDERDOG CASSISUS CLAY (WHO WOULD CHANGE HIS NAME TO MUHAMMAD ALI DAYS LATER) DEFEATED SONNY LISTON IN MIAMI BEACH IN 1964, THE 16,000-SEAT ARENA WAS HALF-EMPTY

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Youngest Olympian

The youngest ever Olympian is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10 years old. There is less official talk of a Dutch 7 year old at the 1900 Paris games winning rowing gold!

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Who knows what might have happened?

Gordon Ramsay was scouted by Glasgow Rangers but turned to cooking after a knee injury.

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Fastest red card

The fastest red card in football history was just 2 seconds. Lee Todd was sent off for foul language after he exclaimed “#uc! me that was loud” after the starting whistle.

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More inequality!

A routine is a sequence of floor exercises and moves that lasts 70 seconds for males and 90 seconds (with music) for females.

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Tyres used in The Tour de France

Throughout the 3 week race the peloton uses over 790 tyres in total.

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Why is Table Tennis called Ping Pong?

In pingpong the ball must bounce on your side of the table before going over the net after you hit it. It is this extra bounce that gives the game the onomatopoeic name. “Ping-Pong” was the trade name for the table tennis sets originally sold to promote the game.

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Tallest basketball players in NBA

The tallest basketball players to ever play in the NBA were Manute Bol (from Sudan) and Gheorghe Muresan (from Romania). They were both 7 ft 7 in tall (231 cm).

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Such a shame

NFL cheerleaders typically make $50–$75 a game. However, by the time they spend money on makeup, hair accessories, dance classes, etc., they end up losing money.

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Respect

BULLS AND WHITE SOX OWNER JERRY REINSDORF CONTINUED TO PAY MICHAEL JORDAN HIS REPORTED $4 MILLION BASKETBALL SALARY WHILE HE WAS EXPERIMENTING WITH BASEBALL.

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Paper Mache World Cup

Originally the World Cup was made of paper mache. The heavy rain in the 1950 competition ruined the cup and it had to be replaced.

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Badminton

Shuttlecock was Badminton’s original name.

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0-0 (who to?)

The last scoreless game in NFL history was in 1943 between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants.

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Making a living

In the 1930′s, American track star Jesse Owens used to race against horses and dogs to earn a living.

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Athlete of the Decade

Arnold Palmer won “Athlete of the Decade” honours for the 1960s

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Let the ducks go

Australia’s Henry Pearce stopped rowing in his 1928 Amsterdam games quarter-final to allow a family of ducks to pass safely in front of his boat. He still won the heat and took gold in the final.

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The Green Jersey

The green jersey is awarded to the rider with the most points. Points are awarded to riders according to the position that they finish each stage, plus points are also awarded for intermediate sprints during some stages.  The points are then tallied up after each stage and added to points won in all previous stages.

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First ever cycle race

The first ever cycle race was first recorded in 1868 and took place just outside Paris, France.

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Vince Lombardi

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while……you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing.”

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The Kop

Liverpool was not the first club to be able to boast a Kop – that honour is believed to belong to Woolwich Arsenal – but there’s no doubting which one became the most famous.

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Nadia Comaneci

Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, whose three gold medals and unprecedented string of perfect 10s made her the darling of the ’76 Montreal Olympics at 14. The famous quote was “10, 10, 10, 10 for everything, everything, everything, everything”  

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Alberto (Baby) Arizmendi

Mexican Alberto (Baby) Arizmendi holds the record youngest professional debut. He is believed to have turned pro at the tender age of 10!

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Oldest sport?

Archery is considered to be one of the oldest sports in the world.

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First Olympic Team Sport

Football was the first team sport added to the Olympics in 1900.

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First lady to wear shorts

In 1931 tennis star Lili de Alvarez became the first-ever woman to don a pair of shorts at Wimbledon.

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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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80,000

Approximate 80,000 components come together to make an F1 car. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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