Pistol dueling with wax bullets was a popular pastime in the early 20th century and even featured as a sport in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
After professional golfer Ben Hogan threw himself across his car to cover his wife during a head-on collision with a bus, the doctors told him he might never walk again, let alone play golf. He went on to win the US Open the following year.
Matthias “Hellboy“ Schlitte, one of the worlds best arm wrestlers, has a genetic condition that makes his right arm abnormally large and strong.
In the 1970 Mr. Olympia final, the judges could not decide between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Olivia so the two of them, exhausted, agreed to walk off. Sergio left, but Arnold, after taking one step, turned back to the judges, made fun of Sergio for leaving, and started posing again and won.
An American gymnast with a wooden leg won six medals, including three gold, in a single day at the 1904 Olympics. He was the only Olympian to have competed with a prosthetic limb for the next 100 years, until 2008.
In the early 1900s, 6-day long bicycle races were quite popular. The winner would be whoever rode the greatest distance in the 6days. They would get extremely little sleep and hallucinate on the track.
Károly Takács, a right handed Hungarian shooter, severely injured his right (shooting) hand in a grenade explosion. He retrained himself with his left hand and went on to win 2 Olympic Golds 10 years later.
During the 1943 NFL season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost so many players to military service during WW2, that they were forced to temporarily merge in to the Steagles.
In his midget season, 10 year old Wayne Gretzky tallied 378 goals and 139 assists in just 85 games. That is 4.4 goals, and 1.6 assists per game.
The ‘G’ on the Green Bay Packer’s helmets stands for “greatness,” not Green Bay.