Wrestling match in the 1912 Olympics lasted 11 hours, and was fought by two middle weight wrestlers, Martin Klein from Estonia and Alfred Asikainen from Finland. On the day of fight, Klein wore the dress of tsarist Russia. The final winner in this fight was Martin Klein, this was the semifinal match. However, Klein was so exhausted that he could not take part in the final match next day with Claes Johansson from Sweden. Thus, the fight of 11 hours proved costly for Klein, as he won the silver and Johansson the gold.
Johnny Campbell was the first to cheer the football team in 1898 in Princeton. Cheerleading is almost 100 years old when most of the cheerleaders were men. Now 98% of cheerleaders are females. The estimates tell that around the world there are more than 4 million cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are generally in the age group of 5 to 13 years. Most of the cheerleaders are gymnasts and 12% are dancers. In US 80% schools have cheerleading squads. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders is the most famous squad. Football is most popular sport for cheerleading. Cheerleading is no doubt a dangerous sport as it involves injuries like broken bones, busted lips and serious injuries. Though cheerleading is to rouse the interest of match watchers, cheerleading in itself is a competitive sport. The competitive cheerleader must be a high level gymnast as she is to perform without any safeguards.
Man versus horse marathon has its grounds in Llanwrtyd, Wales which is accounted as the smallest town in Britain. It was in 1980 that there was a competition of two legs against four. A fellow named Green while engrossed in a talk with his two friends in his own hotel Neuadd Arms Hotel came up with a vague proposal that ended in Man versus horse marathon. Since then the race has been run every year, passing through hills, bogs, streams, fields and farms. With every passing year the amount of the prize is increasing by the Canadian $ 2,011. rnrnEvery year this prize is bagged by the horse which is a normal trend. Since the race is being run it is just twice that human has wonrnrnThe first human winner of this race was Huw Lobb, a marathoner who was able to compete with the horse named Kay Bee Jay with a rider Zoe White. Lobb managed to cross the finishing line in the time of 2:05:19 while the horse managed it in the time of 2:07:36. Just a two minute difference brought him the prize of the Canadian $ 50,277. This was the largest prize won in the British athletics. The second human victory was recorded in 2009.rnrnThe human runners get an advantage of time as they eat and drink while running or stop for a while to relax but a horse consumes minimum of 60 minutes to eat and drink and to take rest. This is how a joke over drinks gave birth to a new race.
Some say that 1974 FIFA World Cup was the one of the most intense world cups ever played. Juergen Sparwasser scored the most famous goal in the German soccer history, giving East Germany a win over the West in the only meeting between the sides. That was the only lost game for West Germany in the World Cup and that year West Germany became new World Cup Champion. Juergen was arrested later on for re-painting street signs in East Germany.
In a bizarre version of one of the most thrilling (and tough) games – namely ice hockey – the two teams of six members each fight against each other to score a goal under 6 to 8 feet of water. The players wear fins for speed and agility, and also use masks and snorkels for air – however, for the most part; the heavy lead puck has to be maneuvered with a sort stick of about a foot long while holding your breath underwater. There are elaborate rules for this game and nationwide championships are also held regularly. You can even become a member various Underwater Hockey clubs spread all over.
In 1926, women were banned from competing in marathons because it was believed it caused infertility. After the Violet Percy from Great Britain who ran first official marathon, 800m was the maximum distance a woman could \”safely\” run. It wasn\’t until 1963 the next official time was recorded for a woman. Interesting fact is that Violet Percy is not the first women to run the marathon. Three years before her, Frances Hayward in 1923 finished Comrades marathon in 11 hours and 35 minutes (unofficially since women were not allowed to run this marathon).
Modern Olympic Games were created in 1894, by a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin. However, Olympic Games date back to 776 B.C when they were celebrated as a religious festival. Around 393 A.D games were canceled because they represented pagan festival and celebration of the Greek God Zeus. Ancient Greek athletes performed naked that is why today we have the word gymnasium, “gymnos” in Greek means naked. The five interconnected Olympic rings represent the five significant continents of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. China won the most gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and today’s gold medals are silver covered with a thin coat of gold.
Marathon in Berlin is 26 miles long and it was apparently too long for thirty three runners who decided to take a shortcut by riding the subway. They obviously forgot the computer chips they were wearing, which automatically record their time every three miles. They were of course disqualified and their times were removed from the scoreboard.
Curling is a Olympic sport founded by Scots in the 1540\’s and it is played on ice by two teams of four players each, using heavy stones which they slide down the ice towards a target area. It was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants and since it is played in the cold, founded by Scots surely back then alcohol was a regular part of playing. Interesting fact is that there are no judges in the Curling competition.
In ancient Japan, public contests were held to see who in a town could fart the loudest and longest. Winners were awarded many prizes and received great recognition.
It is the internet myth that the name of the popular Scottish game Golf stands for “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” The word golf originates form medieval Scottish and Dutch dialects. Back in a day before the creation of dictionaries, there was no standardized spelling of any given word. So it is believed that word golf originates from Dutch word “kolf” or “kolve” which meant “club.” Later on old Scots dialect transformed the word into “gouf” or “golve .”