Category: Olympic

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

In 1908, the Russian Olympic team arrived at the Olympics in…

In 1908, the Russian Olympic team arrived at the Olympics in London 12 days late because it was still using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

In 1928, defending Olympic hockey champs Britain withdrew from…

In 1928, defending Olympic hockey champs Britain withdrew from the games, afraid of embarrassment of losing to one of its colonies, the debutant Indian team. The British team did not enter until after Indian independence, in the 1948 London Olympics where they lost the final to India 4-0 at home.