Spain’s Paralympic basketball team were ordered to return their gold medals won in Sydney in 2000 after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability.
7 time Olympic Medalist Eero Mäntyranta had a gene mutation that allowed him to carry 50% more oxygen in his body.
The Cleveland Indians once had a “10 cent beer night” that ended in the crowd rioting and attacking the players and umpires. Players and coaches used baseball bats to fend off the rioting fans.
If you play a professional sport, you need to pay an income tax. That is, to each state you play against. For a Red Sox player, this means 17 different tax bills.
A virtually indestructible soccer ball that requires no pump and never punctures has been created to serve children in poor communities or refugee camps.
At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.
Vladimir Putin released his own DVD: “Learn judo with Vladimir Putin”.
In 2006 a Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to go on to win a silver medal. Canadian citizens were so touched they collectively gave him 5.2 tonnes of Maple Syrup.
All curling stones are made of a rare type of granite that is only found on a tiny island in Scotland.
The Canadian ice hockey team were so dominant that they did not participate in the knock-out tournament of the 1930 World Championships. They were put straight into the gold medal final game, and the tournament was played to determine an opponent. Canada won 6-1 in the final to claim the gold.