In the sports of running, swimming, motorsports and cycling, slipstreaming can give you a valuable advantage. By cycling in somebody’s slipstream, you use about 30% less energy than the person in front.
In major sports, both cricket and baseball are unique because it is the defence that controls the ball.
The Olympic torch on route to its host city has travelled in many ways, it is usually carried by runners, I have even carried one! It has also travelled on boats, airplanes (including the now obsolete Concorde), on horseback, on the back of a camel, via radio signal, underwater, in a canoe, it has also been into space!
The only heavyweight boxing champion to finish his career undefeated was nicknamed ‘The Brockton Blockbuster’. Rocky Marciano defended his title six times and finished his career with a record of 49 wins and no defeats.
After a male boxer died in 1997, the governing Italian boxing association outlawed female boxing!
James Naismith the inventor of basketball in 1891 devised the game as a way to occupy students between the American football and baseball seasons.
The chances of getting a full scholarship for sports in any American college is just 1%. The sports are really just restricted to American football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and track and field.
Jim Hunter became baseball’s first free agent. After contractual issues, he was allowed to leave the Oakland A’s.
Martial as in martial arts dates back the medieval latin word ‘martialis’ meaning ‘of Mars or war.’ Mars, of course is the Roman god of war.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Taekwondo was developed during the 1870’s and has big kicks designed to knock people from their horses.
More than 1,800 medals are awarded at Olympics games.
The 2011 collegiate ice hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State, played at the Big House in Ann Arbor had an attendance of 113,411. Making it the largest ever ice hockey live viewed game.
Because of a sandwich, French rugby player Gaston Vareilles missed his international debut against Scotland in 1910. The team train stopped at Lyon and Vareilles jumped of quickly to buy himself a sandwich. Unfortunately, by the time he returned to the platform, the train had left without him! He was never picked for his country again.
Most tennis racquets are strung to between 50 and 70 pounds. Rackets with lower tensions give more power to the racket and less control. The opposite is found for higher tensioned rackets with are characterised by more control and less power.
To complete the Multi Stage Fitness test, you must run an accumulative 4920m and it will take you 21:56 minutes to do so. You will also complete 247 laps and reach a speed of 18.5km an hour or 11.5 miles per hour.
David Beckham did not complete the Multi Stage Fitness Test (Bleep Test). The record (ATOW) is Level 17 Shuttle 1. A few athletes share the record and they are Sebastian Coe of Athletics, football player Lee Gong Dook, Zain Wright from Field hockey and basketball’s Steve Nash.
It is thought the reason the men do not use the balance beam as an apparatus in gymnastics is quite simply because of them wanting to protect the old Crown jewels.
Painkillers mask athletes’ pain in order to continue competing beyond their usual pain thresholds. They range from common over-the-counter medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to prescription narcotics such as morphine.
Canoeing is when the person sits or kneels in a central and forward-facing position. They use a single or double-bladed paddle. Kayaking is when the canoeist sits and uses only a double-bladed paddle.
The Clean and jerk action lets the athlete raise more weight than with the snatch technique. Athletes generally lift at least twice their own body weight in this discipline of the weight lifting event.
The word ‘coxswain’ comes from the early 14th century. He was the ‘officer in charge of a ship’s boat and its crew,’ from cock ‘ship’s boat’ + swain ‘boy’, from Old Norse sveinn ‘boy, servant’.
In Formula 1 racing and other motorsport, we often hear about the pits for tyre changing and refuelling. These areas are known as the pits because originally there were actual pits where mechanics could service their vehicles from underneath the cars during races.