from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Just in case you haven’t gotten enough information on the Olympics, there are a ton of stories digging up random trivia about the games. (Or maybe you think everyone should be more interested in a robot on Mars.) But if you’re looking for some bits of Olympic trivia, here are just a few examples.
- The oldest athlete at the 2012 Olympics is Hiroshi Hoketsu at age 71. He competes as an equestrian rider, but isn’t the oldest Olympian ever. Oscar Swahn from Sweden won a medal in shooting at the 1920 games at the age of 72. [url]
- The shuttlecocks in Badminton can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour. Strangely, the best shuttlecocks are made from goose feathers — plucked only from the left wing of the bird, for no particular good reason. [url]
- Guor Marial competes in the Olympics … as an independent (representing no country). Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the athletes were given the option to compete without representing a nation? Marial’s unique status comes from being a South Sudan native, but not wanting to represent the nation that killed his family. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.