Children have more energy than endurance athletes. They have fatigue-resistant muscles and they recover faster than adults. Much of this stems from their ability to uptake and distribute oxygen, as well as synergize energy faster. frontiersin.org/articles/…
In the 2008 Olympics 200m race, Shawn Crawford finished 4th, but after 2 sprinters were disqualified for running outside their lanes, he received the silver medal. After the Olympics, he gave the medal to the 2nd-placed athlete, with a note saying "You ran a silver medal race and deserve this" archive.shine.cn/sports/a…
Boosting is a banned technique used by athletes with spinal cord injuries, in which they deliberately cause stress or injury to their lower body. This causes their blood pressure and heart rate to increase, resulting in enhanced performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
USA only country in the world that where Olympic athletes are not government funded or sponsored teamusa.org/us-olympic-an…
Figure Skating got its name from skaters' abilities to trace patterns on the ice to be judged for motor control and accuracy. The rise of broadcasting the sport made the art difficult to follow on TV, so tracing was dropped in 1991, and younger athletes began winning based on difficult leaping. britannica.com/sports/fig…
The United States Olympics Committee, and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic athletes are not funded by the federal government, and rely on individual, and corporate sponsorship for funding. This is the exception, as most countries that participate in the Olympics fund their athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In the Rio 2016 Paralympics, each medal had a distinctive rattle sound for bronze, silver and gold. This was for visually impaired athletes. abc.net.au/news/2016-09-1…
In 1998 There was a soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Bena Tshadi and Basangana teams. The Score was 1-1 when suddenly lightning struck the pitch during the match and killed all eleven Bena Tshadi players while the the athletes from Basanga came out unscathed. theguardian.com/football/…
Baseball Player Honus Wagner was the first athlete to get a commercial sponsorship from a company. That company was baseball bat manufacturer Louisville Slugger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
When Greek Runner Konstantinos Kenteris won gold at the 2000 Olympics for the 200-metre dash, he was the first Greek athlete to win an Olympic sprint since Dionysius of Alexandria in 269 AD. youtu.be/0onEevh0s8E
In The 1977 NBA Draft, The Lakers were voided 2 of their picks after jokingly selecting A Wooden Chair and Cartoon Character 'Scooby Doo'. Also selected in the 10 Round Draft was a Water Boy, A Pregnant Woman and then-world athlete, Bruce Jenner. sportscasting.com/the-197…
In the late 1990s, a company secretly filmed hundreds of college wrestlers, football & squash players undressing and showering for videos like "Lockertime" and "Straight Off the Mats." 46 athletes sued Franco Productions (which did not appear in court) and were each awarded $11 million. abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?…
Former professional athlete Bo Jackson frequently refers to himself in the third person, a habit he developed as a child due to his severe stutter which made it difficult for him to say "I" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_…
Today I learned of athlete’s heart, a harmless condition in which the heart becomes larger and the left ventricle walls thicker. This is common in athletes who exercise for more than an hour a day merckmanuals.com/professi…
A study found after a 90 min. workout, athletes who ate organic peanut butter, Clif Shot Bloks, Cytomax powder, PowerBars, & Gatorade showed no difference in insulin, glucose, cholesterol, or triglyceride levels compared to athletes who ate hotcakes, OJ, a hash brown, a hamburger, fries, & Coke. realclearscience.com/jour…
The first female American astronaut Sally Ride was a respected astrophysicist and a top athlete. However, before her flight, she fielded questions such as "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?", "Do you weep when things go wrong?" and "Will you become a mother?" from the US media. people.com/archive/cover-…
Huskies can have a VO2 max of over 200, compared to elite human athletes who top out at about 85. outsideonline.com/1918306…
The 2016 Rio Olympics were a huge financial disaster for Brazil. A $12bn price tag for the venues without any real plan on how to continue has left facilities,used by legendary athletes just years ago, in disrepair. The aquatic center pictured is now drained and filled with dirty puddles businessinsider.com/rio-o…
Today I learned of Christa Luding-Rothenburger, the first female to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Games, and the only athlete to win Winter and Summer Olympic medals in the same year (1988), a feat that is no longer possible due to the staggering of the Winter and Summer Olympic years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two black athletes who gave Black Power salutes at the 1968 Olympics, were pallbearers and gave eulogies at the funeral of Peter Norman, the white athlete on the podium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Blind athletes competing in the 2004 Paralympics made the same spontaneous facial expressions as sighted athletes competing in the 2004 Olympics, proving that certain facial expressions are innate to humans and not visually learned. apa.org/news/press/releas…
Talking aloud can be a sign of high cognitive function and it is a practice of many high performance people (including professional athletes) theconversation.com/is-ta…
During the 2018 Winter Olympics Russian athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a drug test several days after having posted a video of herself in a "I don’t do doping" sweatshirt. theguardian.com/sport/201…
Today I learned about Philippa Raschker,she is one of the most successful masters athletes to ever compete.She has 70 gold medals from the World Masters Athletics Championships,making her an icon within the running community and earning her a spot in the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Nike Air shoes are no more than a marketing gimmick, they were never designed to make you run faster, and many famous athletes do not even wear their own signature models because they are not ideal for competition. gizmodo.com/the-brilliant…
That, until 2014, NCAA rules dictated that any bagels served to college athletes could not be paired with cream cheese. thedailygopher.com/2014/4…
Kobe Bryant helped develop the first prototypes of Hypervolt Pro, a massage gun which has become popular with pro athletes over the past several years. It allows players to treat their muscles while resting on the bench during the game. espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2…
The song, St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion), features members of REO Speedwagon, Toto and Mr. Mister, and even though was the main track of the film, it was really in honor of a wheelchair athlete named Rich Hansen, and his β€œMan In Motion” spinal cord inhury awareness campaign. insidehook.com/article/mu…
There have been numerous and contradictory studies into the health benefits of chocolate milk, some of which fail to include comparisons, and others which aren’t impartial. However, one study concluded that it serves as a more convenient, cheaper recovery beverage option for many athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Tennis athletes runs at least two times more distance than the most active American Football players in each of their respective matches. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Suzy Favor Hamilton, multiple time US champion and Olympic competitor in running, later worked as an escort prostitute, due to misdiagnosed bipolar disorder. After this was publicised, an award for Female Athlete of the Year named in her honour was renamed, and she lost her Nike sponsorship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
StanisΕ‚aw Kowalski is the world's oldest competitive athlete, who at the age of 105 needed the creation of a new age division, where he competed in sprinting, shot put and discus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Deadly poisons such as arsenic and strychnine have been used as performance enhancers by athletes. theconversation.com/stric…
Secretariat has 263 US streets named after him - far more than any other athlete, human or otherwise. espn.com/horse-racing/sto…
The Winter Arctic Games are held biennially, featuring athletes from nine teams: Alaska (USA), Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavik - Quebec, Nunavut, Yukon (all Canada), Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia), Sami people (Arctic Nordic countries, Kola Peninsula), and Greenland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, McDonalds ran a nationwide promotion offering free products every time a US athlete won a medal. It turned into their most costly promotion ever when the Soviet Union, the powerhouse team of the time, boycotted the event, letting the USA win big. latimes.com/sports/olympi…
The juried art competitions of the Olympics were abandoned in 1954 because artists were considered to be professionals, while (at the time) Olympic athletes were required to be amateurs. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Being a NASCAR pit crew member is so physically demanding that today instead of giving mechanics physical training, they take athletes and give them auto mechanic training jalopnik.com/how-people-b…
In 1948, the Harlem Globetrotters defeated the all-white Minneapolis Lakers, a result that challenged people's views at the time that black athletes could not competently play basketball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Tokyo Olympics 2020 bed manufacturer has reassured athletes that the recycled cardboard beds won’t collapse during sex. The Airweave bed manufacturer said the bed frames will be able to hold up to 440 lbs loads & guarantee structural integrity with no more than 2 athletes in one bed. independent.co.uk/sport/o…
Of the United States' 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls' high school athletics and carries the highest rate of catastrophic injuries in sports. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
During the 1938 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. independent.co.uk/sport/o…
Out of the top 30 100m sprint times, only 9 were run by athletes not associated with doping, all 9 are by Usain Bolt. independent.co.uk/sport/o…
Today I learned of Armenian Shavarsh Karapetyan swimming athlete, had numerous incredible heroic saves, one in 1976 rescuing 20 people from a bus that fell into a river. This act ended his professional career due to severe injuries sustained. peopleofar.com/2014/02/08…
AladΓ‘r Gerevich, a Hungarian fencer, is regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". The only athlete to win the same event 6 times, winning sabre in 6 Olympics between 1932 and 1960 (the 1940 and 1944 games were cancelled due to WWII). His first and last wins were 28 years apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
The best paid athlete of all time is the Ancient Roman charioteer Gaius Appuleius Diocles. His winnings totaled 35,863,120 sesterces, over 15 billion in today’s US dollars. laphamsquarterly.org/roun…
Today I learned of David Goggins, the only member in the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. Goggins retired from active duty as a Chief Petty Officer in 2016. He's also an ultra-athlete and held the world record for most pull-ups in 24hrs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The term "student-athlete" was crafted by the NCAA in order to avoid paying workers' comp after a football player died from a head injury. deadspin.com/how-the-myth…
Today I learned of Horace Fletcher, "the Great Masticator", who argued that food should be chewed to a liquid before swallowing. He claimed great health benefits from this, including beating college athletes in strength and endurance at the age of 58 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
In 1964 Reg Spiers, an australian athlete, shipped himself from London to Australia in a box, because he had no money to pay for a plane ticket to come back home for his daugter's birthday. ripleys.com/weird-news/re…

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