1 – India has a minister for yoga. In 2014, the office was created in order to promote a discipline that helps people stay healthy and prevent stress. And if that doesn’t convince you to give it a go…
2 – The French soccer team’s worst defeat goes back to 1908, in a match against Denmark: 17 to 1 in the semi-final of the soccer tournament of the London Olympics.
3 – Elvis Presley was a black belt in karate and would sometimes train for several hours a day.
4 – In 1924, Alfonsina Strada took part in the Tour of Italy alongside the men, and is the only woman ever to have completed one of the three Grand Tours. She learned to ride aged ten, when her father traded ten chickens for the village doctor’s bike. The newspaper La Gazzetta reported at the time: “She just wants to show that the weaker sex can do the same things as strong men. Might she be a feminist advance guard who demonstrates her greatest capacity in demanding the right to vote in local or national elections?”
5 – Johnny Weissmuller, who played the role of Tarzan twelve times on the silver screen, held 28 world swimming records. Born in Timisoara in Romania, the future Tarzan was seven months old when the family emigrated to the United States. In 1924 he became the first man to swim a hundred meters in under one minute.
6 – The legendary sneakers Stan Smith was initially called the Robert Haillet after its French designer. It was known under the name from 1964 to the 1970s when it was renamed Stan Smith.
7 – The basketball player Horace Grant wore thick glasses to correct his severe shortsightedness. When he finally had the operation, he kept it secret, continuing to wear glasses with no correction, so that children who had to wear glasses to school and were teased for it would find it cool.
8 – Between 1912 and 1948, the Olympic Games also featured architecture, sculpture, painting, literature and music.
9 – The Uruguayan center-forward Hector Castro lost a hand in a childhood accident with an electric saw. He is the only soccer player with a disability to have won the World Cup, in 1930, during which he scored two goals.
10 – Horse-riding is the only mixed Olympic sport. No other sport allows men and women to compete in the same events (instead of separate competitions).
By : the United Heroes Team