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The first time women took part in the Olympic events was at the 1900 Games in Paris. Back then, women were allowed to compete in five sports: tennis, sailing, croquet, equestrianis...
The 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany were supposed to demonstrate the Aryan racial supremacy. But Jesse Owens, a black athlete, won gold in the 100m, 200m, the 4 x 100m relay, and the l...
In 1948, UK neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttman, who worked with war veterans suffering from spinal injuries, added sport into his patients' rehabilitation program.
Others started copying Gu...
Muhammad Ali, first called Cassius Clay, won Olympic gold in Rome in 1960.
Back in the US, when Clay was refused service in a whites-only restaurant, he threw his Olympic medal into a ...
At the Mexico Games in 1968, African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos won gold and bronze in the 200m sprint respectively.
During their medal ceremony, they raised their f...
During the 1972 Games in Munich, a Palestinian terrorist group Black September took hostage and killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, shattering the image of international cooperation and ...
25 Countries staged a boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. They were outraged that New Zealand, whose rugby team had toured South Africa in the year despite the country being under aparth...
Australian athlete Cathy Freeman, one of 11 Aboriginals in the host nation's team, was under pressure to perform in the Sydney Games in 2000. It was hoped her performance could help promote the...
The North Korean and South Korean teams marched as one at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Female basketball player Chung Un Soon from South Korea, and Par...
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The Berlin Games were canceled due to the outbreak of World War I in July 1914.
Organizers initially thought that the war would be over by Christmas but an armistice was not reached until November 1918.
Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan, had been originally set to host the 1940 Olympic Games (summer and winter), making them the first non-Western cities selected to host. But the war between Japan and China started in July 1937 and made the Japanese government decide to lose their right to host the Games.
The new hosts: Helsinki, Finland (for summer) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany (for winter). But the outbreak of World War II caused the events to be canceled entirely, after the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939. The same happened with the 1944’s Summer Olympics in London and Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
The iconic casual shoes, Converse All-Stars, are famously known as Chuck Taylors and have a decades-long history in pop culture. These soft cotton and rubber shoes, designed for basketball, were ...
In the 70s and the 80s, the shoes were picked by artists, musicians and movie stars, and became a symbol of the young and rebellious retro look and the grunge style of the punk rock era.
In 2003, the company was bought by Nike and currently, the All-Stars continue to remain popular, remaining in the Top 10 best selling list for decades. The pop-culture branding, rich history and affordability add to its enduring popularity.
Time measurement seems so crucial that athletes forget what to do without any measurement of time.
Running an interval without any clock makes you keep in touch with your internal feelings an...
Disruption and a skewing of your personal space is a way to challenge your comfort zone and grow towards becoming a seasoned athlete who can perform in unfamiliar territory.
Every race is a search for your individual limits. In an interval workout, the coach tells you exactly how many repetitions to do, and then you stop. The limit is imposed externally.
For athletes to run to their maximum potential in races, they are the ones that should decide how many repetitions they needed to do in order to reach exhaustion.
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