Category: Olympic

Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic champion, jokingly told the…

Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic champion, jokingly told the Russian swim team coach in 1972 that his mustache increased his swimming speed by deflecting water away from his mouth. The next year, every Russian swimmer was sporting one. (source)

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who…

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who tied for second place refused to participate in a tie-breaker. Upon returning to Japan, they cut their medals in half and fused them to one another so each athlete ended up with a half-silver, half-bronze medal.

Tug-of-war used to be an Olympic sport. In the 1912 Olympics in…

Tug-of-war used to be an Olympic sport. In the 1912 Olympics in Sweden, the host nation took gold, Great Britain took silver, and no one won bronze because only two teams showed up.

Photo :  US Navy / wikimedia

It’s estimated that 16% of the world’s gold and 22%…

It’s estimated that 16% of the world’s gold and 22% of the world’s silver is contained in Japan’s electronics alone- so much that Japan is asking its citizens to donate old electronics to make the Olympic medals.

Michael Phelps considered suicide after the 2012 Summer…

Michael Phelps considered suicide after the 2012 Summer Olympics. He started the Michael Phelps Foundation to help other people with mental illness.

Photo : Agência Brasil Fotografias / Flickr

Michael Phelps has more Summer Olympic gold medals than 80% of…

Michael Phelps has more Summer Olympic gold medals than 80% of countries in history even when taking into account countries that no longer exist.

Photo : JD Lasica / Flickr

Knowing he was the slowest competitor, Australian speed skater…

Knowing he was the slowest competitor, Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics by cruising behind and simply avoiding group crashes in both the semi-final and final.

After Kirani James won Grenada’s first-ever Olympic gold medal…

After Kirani James won Grenada’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2012, the country was so proud that the government held a giant 3-hour celebratory rally attended by thousands, gave him US$186,000, printed new stamps, named a new stadium after him, and built a museum/gym in his home town.

The 1992 Olympics U.S. basketball team, the “Dream…

The 1992 Olympics U.S. basketball team, the “Dream Team,” has been called “the most dominant squad ever assembled in any sport.” Magic Johnson said: “l look to my right, there’s Michael Jordan … I look to my left, there’s Charles Barkley or Larry Bird … I didn’t know who to throw the ball to!”

Photo : Gapvenezia / wikimedia

20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints were discovered in…

20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints were discovered in Australia, which indicate the man who made them was running at the speed of a modern Olympic sprinter, barefoot, in sand.