Archive for the 'Olympic Urban Legends' Category

Was the Olympic Flame Once Extinguished and Then Re-Lit With a Cigarette Lighter?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A cigarette lighter was once used to re-light the extinguished Olympic Flame. While the […]

Is the Current Distance of the Olympic Marathon Really Based on Where Queen Alexandra Sat at the 1908 Olympics?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: The current distance for the Olympic marathon was based on where Queen Alexandra was […]

Why Was the First Chinese Delegation to the Olympics Just a Single Athlete?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: Through strange political circumstances, the very first Chinese delegation to the Summer Olympics was […]

Did Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller Take on Someone Else’s Identity to Compete in the Olympics?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND:Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller took on a fake identity so he could represent the United States […]

Did a Billion People Watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A billion people watched the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Back in […]

Did an Olympic Athlete Steal the Olympic Flag and Return It Eighty Years Later?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: An Olympian who stole the Olympic flag in 1920 returned the flag…eighty years later!!! […]

Did an Olympic Athlete Have a Hit Song Re-Named After Her?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A song was re-named years after it first came out because it was used […]

Did a Seventeen Year Old First Partake in a Decathlon Just a Few Months Before Winning the Gold Medal in the Event?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A 17 year old took up the decathlon a few months before he won […]

Did a British Athlete Have to Make a Quick Move Across the Globe to Qualify for the Olympics?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A British athlete had to make a quick (and strange) move to find a […]

Did a Gymnast Win Six Medals at an Olympics…With One Leg?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: A gymnast won six medals at an Olympics…with only one leg! In 1904, gymnast […]