Sports Facts

The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

Since 1859 the national sport of Canada had been lacrosse, but in 1994 it was declared the national summer sport, and hockey was declared the national winter sport.

But honestly...does anyone really think of lacrosse when they think of Canadian sports? Most people have always known for its passion for ice hockey.

The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds of that year's World Ice Hockey Championships and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

The tournament was therefore played in order to find an opponent for the Canadian team for the gold medal match.

Germany beat Switzerland 2:1 in the final and that is when Canada made its first appearance. The Canadian team then beat the German team with an embarrassing score of 6:1 and won the gold.

The first World Ice Hockey Championships were played in 1920. Canada won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 at both the Olympics and the World Ice Hockey Championships during those years, which is probably why the Canadian team was considered dominant enough to only play the final game.

Of the 67 times that the Canadian team played at the World Ice Hockey Championships between 1920 and 2007, they won the gold medal 24 times.


A man created a sport that combines boxing gloves with TASERS!

Mixed martial arts are the current king of the fighting hill. Michael Alexander decided it wasn’t interesting enough, however, and upped the ante. Michael designed fighting gloves that have 3 million volt tasers sewn into them. The new and improved sport is called “ShockFighting.” 

It has the same rules as mixed martial arts with the punching, kicking, and grappling with the added benefit of being shocked. The fighting isn’t all that impressive to watch. The sound of the crackling electricity when they actually make contact and connect with a punch is slightly disturbing. Alexander calls the fight style the ultimate art of extreme fighting. 

The sport is widely illegal and unpopular as it is pretty sick to jab someone with a taser over and over again. The fighters involved aren’t that great, either, since real fighters aren’t sick enough to want to taser their opponent to win. It isn’t he classiest form of fighting, let’s just say that. 


This tennis player had one thing holding her back: her boobs!

World famous tennis pro from Romania, Simona Halep, wasn't always top ranking. She suffered plenty of losses that kept her in the lower rankings.

Lucky for her, she managed to find the one aspect that was holding her back and fixed it right away. The issue? Her big breasts.

At 18 years old Halep was rocking a 34DD bust, not an easy size to have running around on the tennis court.

She made the choice to get reduction surgery done to become a much more manageable 34C. She cited that the weight of her larger breasts were really bothering her, as well as suffering from back pain and hindering her ability to move quickly on the court.

Her first appearance after her surgery was at the French Open in May 2010. It seems her decision worked because she managed to move up in the world ranks over 450 places from then on.

As of July 7, 2014, she is ranked 3rd in singles, her best placement to date.

That's great she managed to right what was bothering her game, but how mortifying to have to have a press conference on the subject!


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In 1957 Richie Ashburn hit a fan with a foul ball, breaking her nose. While she was being carried away on a stretcher, he hit her again!

Richie Ashburn is in the Hall of Fame for his 2,574 hits, 2 batting titles and .308 lifetime batting average.

He is also remembered for fouling balls off the field —up to 10 in a row—until he the pitch was to his liking.

On August 17, 1957 Richie was playing for the Phillies against the New York Giants when, per usual, he hit a foul ball into the stand. Foul balls are usually a good thing for fans and spectators, but this foul ball found the face of Alice Roth.

There was just blood everywhere as the ball broke her nose!

Mrs. Roth was the wife of Earl Roth, the sports editor for the Philadelphia Bulletin and she was enjoying a nice day with her two grandsons up to that point.

Play was immediately stopped and the shocked Alice was attended to by medical personnel. As play resumed, she was being carried away on a stretcher to receive further attention.

The ball was pitched to Richie, who again hit a foul into the stands and unbelievably that ball hit poor Mrs. Roth right on the knee as she was being carried away!

Of course the Phillies treated the family like royalty after that, and the kids got autographed balls and free tickets. Excitedly they visited their Gran in hospital and asked her: “Grandma, do you think you could go to an Eagles game and get hit in the face with a football?”


In 2011 it took two men only 45 minutes to paraglide down from the summit of Mount Everest!

The peak of Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth at 29,000 feet above sea level.

At the top of the world the temperature is always below zero degrees Fahrenheit and every fourth day the wind condition is that of a Category 1 hurricane, with wind speeds of 74 miles an hour!

The treacherous descent usually lasts about three days and if anything goes wrong, it could cost you your life.

But two men managed to descend from the peak of the mountain and arrived near the village of Namche Bazar in a mere 45 minutes.

And one of them, Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, summited the mountain and descended without using supplemental oxygen!

Of course it is humanly impossible to descend Mount Everest by foot in such a short time. The two adventurers, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, launched their tandem paraglider from the summit on 21 May 2011 and landed at the Syangboche Airstrip less than 50 minutes later.

After that, the pair went on to kayak to the Indian Ocean. It's no wonder that they won the People's Choice Adventurers of the Year title in 2012 for the adventure they named ‘The Ultimate Descent.’



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