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…
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-…
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…
Secretariat has 263 US streets named after him - far more than any other athlete, human or otherwise. espn.com/horse-racing/sto…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Alan Francis, who has won 8 consecutive World Horseshoe Championship titles, and 16 of the 17 years. He has a total of 24 World Horseshoe Championship titles. The New York Times has even referred to him as the β€œmost dominant athlete in any sport in the country" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Today I learned about Charlie Faust, who joined the New York Giants in 1911 after a fortuneteller said he'd lead them to the World Series, though he was no athlete. The Giants won the pennant that year and started 54-11 in 1912 before releasing Faust, who was later diagnosed with dementia and died in 1915. calltothepen.com/2017/10/…
Marathonist athletes in the early 1900s used brandy, glasses of bubbly, and strychnine (best known now as rat poison) and sometimes even heroin or cocaine to mask pain, increase aggressiveness, and/or give a quick energy boost during races! bet-ibc.com/champagne-and…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of The Existence of the β€œ27 Club”, The cultural phenomenon when a popular musical artist, actor or athlete dies at the age of 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_…
There is a hall of fame for fictitious athletes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fic…
Today I learned about The Legend of Jon Dowd. Due to Barry Bones not allowing his likeness in MVP Baseball 2005 they created a player using his attributes and the name of an assistant producer. His ability in the game led him to be regarded as one of the best virtual athletes of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MVP…
Due to aristocratic ethos only amateurs could officially participate in the Olympics, professional athletes were banned. The Eastern bloc got around this rule with state-sponsored "full-time amateur athletes". The rule was eventually loosened in the 70s and abolished in 1988. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Today I learned of Marcus Aurelius Asklepiades, a pangration(ancient fighting sport famous for it's lack of rules) athlete so dominant, opponents would withdraw upon being selected to fight against him. He retired at 25 after six years of fighting because he could no longer stand the envy of the other athletes ancientolympics.arts.kule…
American Eddie Eagan is the only athlete to have won gold medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics in different disciplines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Today I learned about the People's Olympiad, a planned international sports event to be held in Barcelona meant as a protest to the Berlin 1936 Olympics. It had the support of Stalin's Soviet Union and athletes from many countries, but in the end it was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
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…
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 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…
Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete known as the 'Ice Man' has set various records for exposing his body to extreme conditions. He set the World Record for longest swim under ice (57.5m), has climbed Kilimanjiro in just shorts and shoes and has ran a marathon in the Namib desert without water. wimhofmethod.com/iceman-w…
Pop artist Mike Posner, a track and cross country athlete growing up, recently performed a 3000+ mile walk across America spanning over 181 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Boxing is less likely to cause injuries to High School Athletes than Cheerleading. coachad.com/articles/whic…
There is only one athlete, Clara Hughes, who has won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
A man once posted himself from London to Australia in a wooden box to avoid the expensive airfare. Broke former Olympic athlete Reg Spiers built the box to travel cheaply as air freight and spent 63 hours in transit. He arrived safely in Perth. bbc.com/news/magazine-317…
Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning unpredictable, complex dynamic visual scenes that are void of any specific context. These remarkable mental processing and learning abilities are critical elements for world-class performance in sports. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Princess Anne was the only athlete not obliged to undergo a gender check in the 1976 Olympics reuters.com/article/us-at…
In ancient Rome, famous gladiators endorsed products just like modern athletes do. Some of these endorsements have survived in ancient frescoes. The makers of the film Gladiator downplayed this historical angle on the assumption that modern audiences would not believe it. faculty.uml.edu/ethan_Spa…
In January 2019, the Vatican launched its own athletics team. It’s made up of 60 athletes, including nuns, priests, Swiss Guards, museum workers, carpenters and maintenance workers. It has the blessing of the Italian Olympics Committee, which means it can join international sport federations. edition.cnn.com/2019/01/1…
In 1998, Kansas City Chiefs QB Elvis Grbac won People's Magazine 'Sexiest Athlete Alive' on accident. The award was meant for Rich Gannon but the journalists asked for "the Chiefs' QB" and didn't have the heart to tell Grbac the award wasn't meant for him. thepitchkc.com/people-mag…
Baseball player Babe Dahlgren was the first professional athlete to take a drug test after he was accused of smoking marijuana in 1940. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Ancient Greek Athletes would tie their foreskins to prevent exposing their glans penis in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyn…
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…
English actress Anya Major who played "Nikita" in the video for Elton John's famous pop song of the same name also played the athlete hurling the hammer at the movie screen in Apple's famous "1984" commercial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any…
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…
Speed walking, known as 'race walking,' is an Olympic sport. It is so grueling that a quarter of athletes aren't able to finish the 50km walk. sbnation.com/2016/8/20/12…
World-class athletes must provide their whereabouts for an hour per day, 90 days in advance, so that their anti-doping agency can take samples for drug testing. Successive failures to be available for testing at the designated place and time constitutes failing a drug test. usada.org/athletes/testin…
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…
Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Today I learned about two black Olympic athletes who made the Black Power Salute on the podium and were subsequently banned from the Olympics for β€œovertly political statements” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
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…
Asthmatic athletes are over-represented in Winter Olympics and more likely to win medals popsci.com/winter-olympic…
Some physical expressions are hardwired into our genes. A study have observed that blind athletes (and blind kids) use the victory gesture (raising hands) after wining even though they have never seen anyone else do it. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
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…
Psychologists found wearing red can give you an advantage in some sports. Athletes were randomly assigned red or blue kits. Those wearing red were 5% more likely to win than those wearing blue. Simply wearing red does not make you improve, but gives an edge over opponent when evenly matched. bbc.com/future/story/2014…
The Power of Sleep particularly for elite athletes. Roger Federer sleeps 12 hours a day. Usain Bolt 9-10 hrs a day. Le Bron James also sleeps 12 hours. For a long time, while he was struggling with his form, Tiger Woods had a sleep disorder. tennisworldusa.org/tennis…
The IAAF (the governing body for track and field) disqualifies any runner who moves faster than 100ms after the start signal, despite their own study confirming that some athletes react as fast as 80ms. iaaf.org/news/news/iaaf-s…
In 2010, Christophe Lemaitre became the first white athlete to break the 10 second barrier in the 100 meter. Even today, he is one of only three white athletes who have been able to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Paul Robeson was a college athlete and pro football player, a lawyer, a latin teacher, an opera star, and a movie star, who was an African American who spoke out against racism and became a world activist, and was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s. biography.com/musician/pa…
Today I learned of female-to-male transgender athlete ZdenΔ›k Koubek who won two medals at the 1934 Women's World Games. He underwent gender confirmation surgery in 1936, married a woman, and then retired from athletics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zde…
General George Patton was an Olympic athlete at the 1912 Games in Stockholm. He came in fifth place in the modern pentathlon. history.com/news/10-thing…
Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, Swedish modern pentathlete, was the first athlete to ever be disqualified for doping in the Olympics. He drank 'two beers' to calm his nerves before pistol shooting, giving him an unfair advantage. sok.se/idrottare/idrottar…
Between 1982 and 1995, Robert Goldman asked athletes in power and combat sports if they would take a performance-enhancing pill that would grant them overwhelming success in their sport, but kill them in 5 years. More than half said yes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Robert Lane named his sons Winner and Loser. Winner Lane became a small-time crook, racking up over 30 arrests and a stint in state prison, while Loser Lane was a star student and athlete, who became a police detective in New York City. smh.com.au/world/familys-…
Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries would intentionally injure the lower part of their body to increase their blood pressure which would enhance their performance. This practice is called β€˜Boosting’ and has been banned by the International Paralympic Committee since 1994. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Australian athlete, Peter Norman, is only now being recognised for his brave actions in the 1968 Olympics. β€œI’ll stand with you”, he said to Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they raised their fists in one of the most powerful images of all time. However, the Olympic committee ostracised him. smh.com.au/sport/peter-no…
Many University Athletes Read at an 8th Grade Level and the NCAA Systematically Hides This cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/nca…
Today I learned about Jahangir Khan: A Pakistani squash player who won the World Open 6 times and went undefeated from 1981-1986, winning 555 games in a row which is the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sports as recorded by Guinness World Records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jah…
Gaius Appuleius Diocles, Roman charioteer is often cited as the highest-paid athlete of all-time. That condition, however, arises from the fantastic assumption that, as his wealth would have been enough to fund the entire Roman Army for more than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
In 1986 students at UC Santa Cruz voted to make the school's official mascot the Banana Slug. The chancellor refused to honour the result, instead polling just student-athletes on the question... who also voted overwhelmingly in favour of being the Banana Slugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UC_…
Before LeBron James' famous Sports Illustrated cover in '03 while still being in HS, Rick Mount from Lebanon IN became the first male high school team athlete to be on the cover of SI all the way back on Feb. 14, 1966. si.com/vault/2001/07/02/3…
There is a Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame that was formed in 2013, honoring the greatest fictional athletes of all time. Inductees include Rocky Balboa, Happy Gilmore, Mr. Miyagi, and Benjamin Franklin "Benny the Jet" Rodriguez. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fic…
Louis Zamperini was an olympic athlete, and a bombardier in the US Air Corps. He survived two crash landings, was afloat on a raft for 47 days in the ocean, survived 'Execution Island' in Japan, and was horribly abused in a POW (Prisoner of War) Camp. Louis lived for 97 years, and died in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Cancer survivor Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) is one of the most charitable athletes on the planet, constantly giving his time and money to better the community. He is donating half his 7M salary (3.5M) to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His foundation has donated in total over 4M to Lurie's. nbcsports.com/chicago/chi…
MORE strength and muscle mass makes you live longer and healthier, especially strength. Athletes live on average 4 to 8 years longer than the general population. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Barefoot athlete Zola Budd, involved in a controversial collision with US runner Mary Decker at the 1984 Olympics claims never to have watched footage of the incident. She now lives in South Carolina and competes in marathons and ultramarathons. Taxis in South Africa are nicknamed for her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zol…
The athlete that won the first modern olympic marathon, is said to have made a stop to drink some wine during the race en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy…
The first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use was a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Of 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 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The highest earning athlete of all time was a Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles. Adjusted, he earned approximately $15 billion in prize money alone. laphamsquarterly.org/roun…
, in 2012 during an international event in Kwait, Borat anthem was played by mistake to celebrate the victory of a Kazakh Athlete. youtube.com/watch?v=B39ce…
Tiger Woods holds 17 Guinness World Records, behind only Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps for the most of any athlete within one discipline. Truly one of the most dominant athletes ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Today I learned of Derek Redmond, a British athlete that competed in the 1992 Olympics. During a race, his hamstring tore and Redmond collapsed. However, he was determined to finish and was accompanied by his dad to the finish line. youtube.com/watch?v=t2G8K…
Mexico City is 7200 feet above sea level which had a major affect on athletes in the 1968 Olympic games globalsportmatters.com/me…
Chinese companies "rent foreigners." They hire them to play the role of musicians, athletes, architects, lawyers and many other professionals for their PR department. For decades, products made in China but associated with foreign elements have been seen as superior by Chinese customers. scmp.com/news/china/socie…
The facial expressions we make are hardwired into our brains rather than learned during life. After comparing the expressions of sighted and blind athletes at the 2004 Olympic games, researchers concluded that both competitors showed or controlled their expressions in exactly the same way. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
Olympic Gold Medal Winner Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, was the seventh round selection of the Kansas City Kings in the 1977 NBA draft for the simple reason that he was the best athlete available. coronadonewsca.com/news/c…
Fewer than 2 percent of NCAA student-athletes go on to be professional athletes. ncaa.org/sites/default/fi…
NY Yankees legend Lou Gehrig had a contract agreeing to promote Camel cigarettes under the tag "There are plenty of times when I feel tired after a game. Then I get a lift with a Camel'.” Camel immediately branded themselves as the "athlete’s cigarette." sothebys.com/en/articles/…
In 1964 professional bowler Don Carter was the first athlete to earn a $1 million contract in any professional sport. The bowler, known for his mastery of the right-handed backswing, signed the endorsement deal with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite International. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Sports teams and athletes wearing red statistically outperform those wearing other colours as for athletes, as for animals, red subconsciously symbolizes dominance. nytimes.com/2009/02/06/he…
Today I learned of Shizo Kanakuri, a japanese athlete who collapsed during the 1912 olympics marathon. Embarrassed, he went home without notifying race officials. He eventually came back to finish, with a time of 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Daniel Norris who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, lives out of a 1978 Volkswagen van bus despite making millions as a professional athlete. youtube.com/watch?v=wKPa3…
During Islam's Golden Age, scientists were paid the equivalent of what pro athletes are paid today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
At the Berlin Olympic ceremony in 1936, 25.000 pigeons were released followed by canon fire. Which in the literal sense scared the crap out of them as they began to defecate on the crowd and athlete's. youtu.be/1inifMJ0xio?t=99
Of the 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The title of "World's Greatest Athlete" has been given to the person who wins the decathlon. This began when King Gustav V of Sweden told Jim Thorpe, "You, sir, are the world's greatest athlete" after Thorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Olympians are now allowed a modest amount of THC in blood tests. In May 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the in-competition threshold for marijuana tenfold, to 150 ng/ml, meaning that an athlete would have to be a "pretty dedicated cannabis consumer" to test positive. usatoday.com/story/sports…
Luz Long, a German athlete, gave Jesse Owens advice during the long jump. Long won the silver medal, Owens won the gold. Long was killed in WWII, but Owens befriended Long's son and served as the best man at his wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luz…
John Parr wrote the song "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" to promote Canadian athlete Rick Hansen's "Man in Motion" wheelchair world tour. The phrase "St. Elmo's Fire" was tacked on so it would vaguely fit the movie. He later re-recorded some lines to make a "Tim Tebow's Fire" version. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Muhammad Ali was invited to North Korea in 1995 with a collection of other athletes. Though he didn't speak much during the visit, at one function, as officials claimed they could take out the US or Japan whenever they wanted to, Ali declared loudly β€œno wonder we hate these motherfuckers.” world.time.com/2013/03/03…
Immediately after the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the German chancellor mandated that all participant nations fly their flags at half-mast. Ten Arab nations objected to their flags being lowered to honour murdered Israelis, and so they were restored to full-mast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mun…
The US government once tried to replace migrant farm workers with high school athletes. The program did not succeed. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Only five (5) athletes--three women and two men--have ever won a medal at both the Winter AND Summer Olympic Games. Eddie Eagan, the first to do it, is still the only athlete to win gold in both. time.com/5140565/athletes…
The Greek word for β€˜beautiful’, kalos, also means β€˜noble’, while the word for β€˜ugly’, aischros, means β€˜shameful’. The Greeks memorialized good-looking athletes in statue form as quasi-deities and even occasionally spared the lives of beautiful opposing soldiers aeon.co/essays/if-society…
Today I learned about Violette Morris - an openly bisexual, incredibly gifted French athlete turned Nazi Spy. She was an Olympic gold medallist, Bol de'Or motorbike endurance race winner, and was the French national boxing champion. She was shot in 1944 as a traitor to France by the Resistance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
After Nelson Mandela's death, NHL goalie Jonathan Bernier gave a TV interview in which he referred to Mandela as 'one of the most-known athletes' and 'a great guy off and on the ice' globalnews.ca/news/171510…

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