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Did Adolf Hitler really snub Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?

Jesse Owens was snubbed by who? Everyone knows that at the 1936 Olympics Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens. As the story goes, after Owens won one gold medal, Hitler, incensed, stormed out of Olympic ...
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Did ice-hockey players actually not wear helmets until the 1970s-1980s?

NHL players started wearing helmets for the most part after a player, Bill Masterson, died from a check that caused him to hit his head on the ice at speed. That occurred in 1968. The mandate was ...
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

The record for the most siblings in the same Olympic Games is 4. This happened when the four brothers Luis Adrián, Jorge, José and Roberto Tamés from Mexico competed as two 2-man bobsleigh teams at ...
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Have two generations of one family ever won a medal at the same Olympics?

Yes, here's an example: Alfred and his father Oscar Swahn (Sweden) - 1912, shooting, team gold. Oscar is particularly interesting, "At 64 years of age, he became the oldest gold medalist ever, which ...
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Why are the same national football teams always the strongest?

There are many reasons why a select group of countries have dominated international football for so long, and there have been countless articles written about this subject but what it all comes down ...
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Why are American teams always named in a certain format?

The answer to why all the U.S. professional teams are named this way (Location Nickname) today is because it is tradition. Baseball teams were named this way, and football, basketball, hockey, and ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

After winning the 1952 and 1953 World Championships, Alberto Ascari only finished 25th in the 1954 Championship. He failed to finish any of the four races he entered that season, and his only points ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Another example of four siblings in the same Olympics is the Belgian Borlée family during the 2016 Rio olympics. The brothers Jonathan, Kevin and Dylan participated in the 4x400m relay, taking fourth ...
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Athletes who have competed in the Olympics for more than one country

I recall Merlene Ottey, who represented Jamaica (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000) and Slovenia (2004). She obtained 9 medals representing Jamaica: 3 silver and 6 bronze. I also recall the cross-...
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Is the 1925 White Hart Lane match real?

Such a match did take place, but a few of the facts as stated in the question are incorrect. The visitors were Dynamo Moscow and not Spartak as claimed in the question. And the year was 1945, after ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

After Alberto Ascari, the following champions also faced their worst campaign on next season. Alberto Ascari - 25 - 1954 Juan Manuel Fangio - 14 - 1958 Mario Andretti - 12 - 1979 Jody Scheckter - 19 -...
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Which two football clubs are competing in this YouTube video billed as the first ever filmed football match in 1897?

According the The Belfast Telegraph, this is a match between Glentoran FC and Cliftonville FC on Mersey Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is indeed thought to be the first known video of a ...
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Longest time between ATP or WTA #1?

Longest time span between the First and Last time at #1 (ATP) Roger Federer was first ranked at the top of the ATP Rankings on February 2nd, 2004. The last time he was promoted to the top of the ATP ...
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World cup winner as manager and captain

There are 3 footballers who won the World Cup both as a player and as a coach: Mário Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach) Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1974 as player, ...
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Is it true that a sprinter ran the 100m in 21.73 seconds in a World Championship?

Yes, the story is true. Here is a video showing the race (at timecode 5:51). As you can see, Kim Collins (at lane 7: it is him indeed, cf. the IAAF official results, heat #5) makes a normal start, but ...
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Athletes who have competed in the Olympics for more than one country

Zola Budd competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Olympics and for South Africa in 1992. She was noted for running barefoot. In 1984, South Africa was barred from the Olympics because of the ...
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Fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup

Here is an answer listing times of first goals in FIFA World Cups. It is community wiki, feel free to edit it - correct mistakes, add more sources, etc. 2022: Valencia 16' 2018: Gazinsky 12' 2014: ...
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Football teams qualifed for World Cup with no loss

1982 West Germany (8-0-0) Soviet Union (6-2-0) Poland (4-0-0) Brazil (4-0-0) Peru (2-2-0) Chile (3-1-0) Honduras (3-2-0) 1986 England (4-4-0) Brazil (2-2-0) Canada (5-3-0) Algeria (5-1-0) 1990 ...
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Longest 3rd and 4th down conversions

It was surprisingly difficult to find solid data on this - individual play data is only readily available back to 1994, so consider this accurate up to that point. Anyway, the longest 3rd down ...
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What team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Going way, way, way, way back the record is held by the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 with their undefeated season; exactly how many matches they won depends on which matches you want to count, but ...
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Did Adolf Hitler really snub Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?

Owens, a lifelong member of the Republican party, said "Hitler didn't snub me - it was [FDR] who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram," at a Republican rally in October, ...
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Athletes who have competed in the Olympics for more than one country

Oksana Chusovitina, a world and Olympic level gymnast, is another particularly good example. She has competed for five countries including the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, and Germany due to political ...
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Athlete medal Olympics and Paralympics?

Yep! Just one, Pál Szekeres: He has the distinction of being the first person to have won medals at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games Szekeres represented Hungary at the 1988 Summer Olympics in ...
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Most number of extra-time Goals

In Coupe Gambardella (U19 Men's French cup); [round of 64 and round of 32] 12 goals in extra time: Douai SC-Amiens SC: 0-0 to 0-12 Coupe Gambardella 1998-99 10 goals in extra time: Besançon RC-...
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Is this the oldest top ten in history?

According to the blog Where is the next generation in men’s tennis? (Wayback Machine) written by John Burn-Murdoch (FT Data) in November 2015: The average age of the ATP top 10 is 29.7 — the ...
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Formula 1: the lowest-ranked driver to win the Drivers' Championship in the final race?

It has never happened that a driver who was 4th or further before the last race has won the Formula 1 Driver's Championship. Below, you can find a list of situations in which the winner had a reduced ...
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