Olympic Urban Legends History

Here are quick descriptions of each of the previous editions of Olympic Legends Revealed.

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* Dan O’Brien missed out on competing in the 1992 Olympics due to an act of pride.

* Olympic skiier Picabo Street was named after the game “Peek-a-boo.”

* The idea of running a four minute mile was considered impossible before Roger Bannister did it in 1954.

* The Olympic Torch Relay was started by the Nazis.

* Tara Lipinski stood on Tupperware as a 2-year-old to imitate the Gold Medal winners at the Olympic Games.

* A German man was ordered to pretend to be a woman to win a medal for Germany in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

* The International Olympics Committee created a new rule just to make a certain participant ineligible for future Olympics.

* The Jamaican bobsled team carried their sled to the finish line after a crash.

* An Olympic rower paused during a race to let a family of ducks pass in front of his scull.

* Five years before winning a Gold medal, an Olympic athlete was declared dead at the scene of a plane crash.

* Joe Frazier qualified for the Olympics due to Buster Mathis suffering an injury – an injury Mathis suffered when he defeated Frazier in the qualifying rounds!!

* The Chinese Table Tennis team cut four players for “falling in love.”

* A gymnast won six medals at an Olympics…with only one leg!

* A British athlete had to make a quick (and strange) move to find a country to compete for in the Olympics.

* A 17 year old took up the decathlon a few months before he won the Gold Medal in the event.

* An Olympian who stole the Olympic flag in 1920 returned the flag…eighty years later!!!

* Through strange political circumstances, the very first Chinese delegation to the Summer Olympics was a single athlete.

* The current distance for the Olympic marathon was based on where Queen Alexandra was sitting at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

* Of the first two finishers of the 1904 Olympic Marathon, one nearly died due to taking drugs designed to help him win the competition – and that’s the one who DIDN’T get disqualified.

* Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller took on a fake identity so he could represent the United States in the 1924 Olympics.

* A cigarette lighter was once used to re-light the extinguished Olympic Flame.

* The Olympics led to a watch company becoming one of the largest printer manufacturers in the world.

* Athletes during the Ancient Greek Olympic Games were amateurs.

Ta da!

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