Sports Facts

The First Football World Cup
The First Football World Cup

The first Football World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay.

The Coolest Marathon
The Coolest Marathon

Nicknamed the "world's coolest marathon," the North Pole Marathon is the northernmost marathon in the world.

The Oldest Soccer-Like Game
The Oldest Soccer-Like Game

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.

Ancient Greek Athletes
Ancient Greek Athletes

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.

Basketball Court Floors
Basketball Court Floors

All NBA courts are made of maple wood, which is strong but also flexible, to help players jump and land safely.

Antartic Ice Marathon
Antartic Ice Marathon

The most southern marathon in the world is in Antarctica, where the average windchill temperature is -20C degrees.

Soccer
Soccer

Soccer is the most lucrative sport in the world. The soccer industry produces more money than any other sport.

Modern Olympic Games
Modern Olympic Games

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.

Marathon Man
Marathon Man

Dubbed the "Marathon Man," Belgian runner Stefaan Engels ran the marathon distance every day for a year, totaling 9,569 miles (1,5401 km).