Page 10 - Sports Facts

If sales were any indication, Frisbee would be the most popular sport in America

According to a report for the Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention, Ultimate Frisbee could be the biggest sport in the United States.

Frisbees and other flying discs out sold baseballs, basketballs, and footballs combined. So is frisbee the new National Pasttime?

Technically, most companies that sell flying discs can't even call them Frisbees. That word is trademarked by Wham-O Toys Incorporated, yet it's still used as the colloquial term for the toy. Because of this, Ultimate Frisbee is actually just known as Ultimate to avoid the headaches of lawsuits.

Playing with Frisbees is a terrific form of exercise because when the disc is in play, players don't stop running. During an average match of Ultimate, it is not uncommon that a player runs around five miles. Spend a whole day playing and you'll be running marathons in no time.

It would be wise for the health organizations to push this sport more to promote a healthy lifestyle.


A Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to win the silver medal! Here's how Canada repaid him

During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Bjoernar Haakensmoen, a coach of a Norwegian cross country ski team, acted valiantly by lending a Canadian skier a ski pole. The result of this action led the Canadian skier to finish second and receive a silver medal, while a Norwegian was bumped off the podium and finished forth.

In order to thank the Norwegian, Canadian citizens were asked to donate bottles of Maple Syrup. In total 7,400 cans were sent to the Canadian embassy to be delivered to the Norwegian coach.

The Norwegian had never tasted maple syrup before, and said that he might have it from time to time, but not 5 times a day. He further stated that, "It's sweet, and a little unusual."


Puma and Adidas were founded by two feuding brothers during WWII

The town of Herzogenaurach became known as "the town of bent necks" because the inhabitants were always looking down to see which shoes strangers were wearing. This was because both Puma and Adidas were owned and operated in the area by two feuding brothers—dividing the town's people.

The Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory was co-owned by brothers Rudolph and Adolph (nicknamed Adi) Dassler. They both joined the Nazi party, but Rudolph was a bit more involved with the party than Adi was.

The rift between them reached a peak in 1943, when both brothers and their families ended up in the same bomb shelter. Adi said: "Here are the bloody bastards again," referring to the Allied Forces. Rudolph thought his brother was referring to him and his wife.

Later, when Rudolph was picked up by the Americans and accused of being part of the SS, he was sure his brother turned him in.

The brothers split the business in 1948, when Adi established Adidas and Rudolph created Puma.

Supposedly, handymen cashed in on this feud by wearing Adidas to Rudolph's home. He would then send them down to his basement to collect a free pair of Pumas!

The two brothers never made peace and are buried in the same cemetery—but as far apart as possible.


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A Nepalese Sherpa holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest—Just 8 hrs, 10 min. But once he got to the top...

Pem Dorjee, a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer, was born in 1982 in Khumbu, Nepal. He is certified as a trekking and mountaineering guide by the Nepalese Government. He also has memberships of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Alpine Club, Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Everest Summiteers Association, all of which he is an active member.

This Sherpa holds the record for the fastest ascent from the Everest basecamp to the summit of the mountain. On 21 May 2004 Pem Dorjee Sherpa climbed Mt. Everest, from the basecamp to the summit, in only 8 hours and 10 minutes! When he climbed the mountain again on 30 May 2005, it was with his girlfriend, Moni Mulepati. When they reached the summit they exchanged wedding vows, making them the first ever couple to get married on top of Mt. Everest.

Besides being an outstanding mountaineer, Dorjee works hard on improving the quality of life in his home village, Chayangba. He has organised health care projects and funding for libraries, schools and drinking water systems in his own village but also in other remote villages of Nepal.

He recently hiked 3100 miles from the Mexican border to the Canadian border along the Continental Divide trail as part of the Rotary CDT challenge to raise funds for the building of a continuous trail. Dorjee and his wife own a gift store called ‘The Himalayan Bazaar’.


Nudists were some of the first volleyball players!

Volleyball was in invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, an instructor at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachussetts, USA. By the 1920s, nudists were playing it regularly, making them some of the earliest adopters of volleyball.

In some ways, the game was ideal for early naturist clubs. Most clubs were small and a volleyball court doesn't require much space, and despite the relatively small court, many people can play at the same time.

The game also allows for differing levels of athleticism which makes it inclusive. The equipment required is very affordable. Finally, since there is no need for a team uniform or protective equipment, volleyball is perfect for people who like to be nude.



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