8 fun Olympics facts and information that are simply astounding,
Every four years we are graced with one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the Olympic games. For two weeks our scheduled television programming is interrupted by sports, that we in general pay next to no attention to most of the time, but grow passionate towards during the two weeks of competition.
The Olympics pit athletes from around the world against each other in different sports, testing their skill and endurance against the best in their chosen field. But while we enjoy the fleeting event while it temporarily graces our television screens, there’s a lot to the Olympics that many people don’t know. So with no further ado, here are 8 Olympics facts and information.
1 An Olympic Basketball Final Was Played In Mud
Professional basketball today is generally played indoor, under cover and away from the elements. But for the average player put there, it is played outdoors, most often on some sort of paved surface. But it hasn’t always been that way. Even during the Olympics the game was played outdoors on a dirt field. So you could imagine what happened when it rained and there was a schedule to keep to.
The final of the 1936 Berlin Olympics basketball match was a near wash out. It was played on an outdoor clay tennis court, and before the 2nd half a deluge turned the court into a mud pit. The US team spent most of the time just passing the slippery ball around. The US won 19 – 8 Canada, which was without a doubt one of the lowest scoring Olympic matches in history.