The first Football World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay.
Nicknamed the "world's coolest marathon," the North Pole Marathon is the northernmost marathon in the world.
The earliest game resembling soccer was invented by Chinese Emperor Huang-Ti in 1697 BC. Players kicked a leather ball stuffed with cork and hair.
Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practiced in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.
All NBA courts are made of maple wood, which is strong but also flexible, to help players jump and land safely.
The most southern marathon in the world is in Antarctica, where the average windchill temperature is -20C degrees.
Soccer is the most lucrative sport in the world. The soccer industry produces more money than any other sport.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
Dubbed the "Marathon Man," Belgian runner Stefaan Engels ran the marathon distance every day for a year, totaling 9,569 miles (1,5401 km).
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