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  • Progression of Men's 100m Olympic Records

    Olympic athletes continually strive to run faster, jump higher and be stronger. The men's 100m event in athletics is no exception. The event has been part of the Olympic programme since the first modern Olympiad was held in 1896. Without a doubt, athletes are driven to win gold, but in this event, they also want to break records. Read about the athletes who did just that!

    • Thomas Burke (USA, 2nd from left) ran a preliminary heat in 11.8 s, setting the 1st 100m Olympic record at Athens 1896. He went on to win the event.

    • At Paris 1900, Frank Jarvis (USA) won gold with a time of 11.0 seconds. However, he was 0.2 seconds faster in heat 3, setting a new Olympic record.

    • Donald Lippincott (USA, right) broke the world record with a time of 10.6 s in heat 1 at Stockholm 1912. He placed 3rd in the final with a time of 10.9 s.
    • Eddie Tolan (USA, left) took only 10.4 seconds to run a heat on 31 July of the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games.
    • It only took 1 day for, Eddie Tolan (middle) to break his own record with a time of 10.3 s (WR). Ralph Metcalfe (USA, left) had a time of 10.3 too!

    • At Rome 1960, Armin Hary (EUA) was the first non-American to set an Olympic record in the 100m event with a time of 10.2 s during the quarterfinal.

    • In this pic, Bob Hayes (USA) crosses the finish line 2 metres ahead of his nearest competitor with a time of 10.0 s, setting a new Olympic record.

    • Jim Hines (USA) is seen here crossing the finish line at the Mexico 1968 Olympics with a time of 9.95s, breaking the 10 second barrier for the first time!
    • At Seoul 1988, 20 years after Hines' achievement, Carl Lewis (USA) won gold in the event with a time of 9.92 s, setting a new world record.

    • Donovan Bailey (CAN) was clocked at 42.85 km/h halfway through the final at Atlanta 1996. He finished with a time of 9.84 s (a new WR).
    • At Beijing 2008, Usain Bolt (JAM) set a new world record with a time of 9.69 s. Of the 8 athletes in the final, 6 of them had times of less than 10 s!
    • Here is a chart that shows the progression of men's 100m Olympic records since Athens 1896!
  • 13 Signature Moves of Olympic Athletes

    Many Olympic athletes have pregame rituals, victory celebrations, mannerisms or moves that set them apart from the rest. Here are 13 signature moves that Olympians are known for.

    • @Mo Farah (GBR, athletics) is famous for the "Mobot" after winning gold in men's 5000m and 10000m at London 2012.

    • Nicknamed "the Lightning Bolt," Usain Bolt's (JAM, athletics) signature move is reminiscent of... well... a lightning bolt! @Usain Bolt 

    • It looks like @Mo Farah  and @Usain Bolt decided to try out the each other's signature move in a show of respect.

    • @Ronaldinho Gaúcho (BRA) does the "shaka" greeting after scoring goals. In Hawaii, the sign conveys affection, and has been adopted by the surfing community
    • @Nadia Comaneci (ROU, artistic gymnastics) didn't have a single signature move, but several that gave her the first perfect 10 in women's gymnastics.

    • @Rafael Nadal (ESP, tennis) is a true competitor, always hungry to compete, symbolised by his signature move of biting medals (and trophies).

    • @Michael Phelps (USA, Swimming) would usually swing his arms three times when he got up on the starting blocks before a race.

    • @Lionel Messi kisses his right hand and points to the sky after scoring. According to Messi, he does it to thank his maternal grandmother.
    • Olga Korbut (URS) forever changed artistic gymnastics by doing the "Korbut Flip" on the uneven bars – a backwards somersault.

    • @Dick Fosbury (USA, athletics) invented "the flop," revolutionising the high jump by leaping face-up. Previously, athletes jumped face-down.

    • Emil Zátopek (TCH, athletics) pictured here on the left was known as "the Locomotive" because he would pant and wheeze during his races.

    • @LeBron James (USA, Basketball) has a pregame ritual of throwing talcum powder above his head.

    • @McKayla Maroney (USA, Artistic Gymnastics) made a face during London 2012 that went viral. It is nicknamed the "Not Impressed" face.
    • Michael Jordan (USA, Basketball) was known for his "tongue wag." Jordan said it was inspired by his father who would stick out his tongue while working.

  • 16 Couples that are both Olympians

    They say that love is blind. For Olympic athletes, finding true love may be closer than you might think. Here are 16 couples who found each other either through their sport or at the Olympics.

    • Ann Packer won gold at Tokyo 1964 and her Olympian husband Robbie Brightwell won silver (GBR, Athletics). 51 years after, they're still in love.
    • Nadia Comaneci (ROU, Gymnastics) and Bart Conner (USA, Gymnastics) first met in 1976 at a tournament. The two reunited 14 years later and married in 1996.
    • Triathlete couple @Jessica Harrison and @Carole Peon (FRA) competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012
    • Game, set, it's a match! Miroslava Vavrinec and @Roger Federer (SUI, Tennis) met at Sydney 2000. They got married in 2009, and have two sets of twins.

    • @Kristi Yamaguchi (USA, Figure skating) & Bret Hedican (USA, Ice Hockey) met at 1992 Albertville, began dating in 1995 and are now married with two kids.

    • Zhimin Jiao (CHN) & Jae-Hyung Ahn (KOR) fell in love the early 80s at a table tennis tournament, and married soon after the Olympic Games in Seoul.

    • @Laura Trott and @Jason Kenny (GBR, Cycling)  started dating (secretly) a month before London 2012. They just got engaged last December!

    • @Steffi Graf  (GER, Tennis) & @Andre Agassi  (USA, Tennis) married in 2001. When they play each other, Andre admits he "has trouble watching the ball".

    • @Maxim Trankov @Tatiana Volosozhar (RUS, Figure Skating) won two golds in Sochi as pair. In February, they announced their engagement!

    • @Jaqueline Carvalho became friends with @Murilo Endres  (BRA, Volleyball) when she was 14 and he was 17. Married last year, they're preparing for Rio 2016
    • @Matthew Emmons (USA, Shooting) and @Katerina Emmons (CZE, Shooting) met at 2004 Athens and were married in 2007. Both have 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze!

    • Emil Zátopek proposed to Dana Zátopková (TCH, Athletics) at London 1948. At the next Summer Games, both won gold medals on the same day.

    • @Jared Tallent and Claire Tallent (AUS, Athletics) are probably the fastest race-walking couple in the world. Both competed at London 2012.

    • @Charles Hamelin and @Marianne St-Gelais (CAN, Short Track) both competed at Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010. They started dating in 2007 and are now engaged.

    • Lauryn Mark married Russell Mark (AUS, Shooting) shortly after the 2000 Sydney Games. Russell and Lauryn competed alongside each other at London 2012.

    • H.S.H. Prince Albert II (MON) participated in the Olympics 5 times as a bobsledder. His wife H.S.H. Princess Charlene (RSA) in Sydney 2000 as a swimmer.
  • 11 awesome places to discover in Brazil

    If you are planning to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games and you want to explore more of the country these 11 places will leave you breathless.

    • Fernando de Noronha is an extremely beautiful tropical island in the north-east of the country. It is also an important ecologic sanctuary. 

    • Jericoacoara (Ceará) may not be easy to say, but you’ll enjoy a crystal clear ocean, a huge sand dune, plenty of hammocks and a unique landscape. 

    • Ouro Preto (Black Gold) in Minas Gerais has a rugged landscape, and the public buildings and churches are wonderful examples of architecture.

    • Situated 160 km from Rio, Arraial do Cabo is surrounded by white sand and unbelievably beautiful blue-green water.

    • Iguassu National Park is located in southern Brazil on Argentina’s border. The park boasts about 250 waterfalls and it protects many threatened species.

    • Located in west-central Brazil, Pantanal is an immense alluvial plain with abundant, diverse and spectacular wildlife. 

    • If you have an adventurous spirit, go to Bonito (State of Mato Grosso do Sul) to find crystal clear water, amazing caves and waterfalls.

    • Ilha Grande is an island 120 km from Rio and known for its awesome beaches, lush flora and fauna and scenic landscape. It’s paradise!

    • Chapada dos Veadeiros is located in Central Brazil (Goiás). It has amazing wide plateaus with waterfalls, rivers, rocky canyons and valleys.

    • Discover the natural swimming pools at Pajuçara Beach, in Maceió, Northeastern Brazil. Make sure you take a ride on a jangada (small fishing boat). 

    • The Amazon is the largest rain forest in the world covering over five million square kilometres. Its rich biodiversity is awe-inspiring!
    • Of course you can't make a list about amazing places in Brazil without mentioning the Marvelous City. Rio de Janeiro rocks!
  • Fastest events at Sochi 2014

    Ever wonder how different events at the Winter Olympics compare in terms of speed? Better yet, ever wonder about the average speeds of those events? Here, we did the work for you and found the average speed of Sochi 2014 medal winners for 9 events (slalom, giant slalom, super-g, downhill skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, speed skating and short track speed skating). Enjoy!   

    Source:, NOCs, IFs

    • Slalom is the first on our list. Medalists averaged 36 km/hr, pretty impressive since it's a technical event, requiring many quick turns. @Marcel Hirscher 
    • Short track speed skating is intense. Athletes have to navigate a small track (only 111 meters) at an average speed of about 40 km/hr.
    • Speed skating, with its longer track, allows skaters to gain more speed. Olympic medalists averaged 50 km/hr (1000 m events). @Ireen Wüst 
    • Giant slalom is alpine skiing's second technical event. But the bigger course with longer turns allowed medalists to average 65 km/hr! @Anna Fenninger 
    • Super G is super fast! Medalists averaged 93 km/hr on this alpine skiing speed event. @Andrew Weibrecht 
    • Like going 94 km/hr headfirst down an icy track? That's how fast on average skeleton medalists traveled down the Sanki Sliding Centre! @Sarah Reid 

    • Not to be outdone by skeleton, two-woman/ two-man bobsleigh teams also averaged about 94 km/hr.
    • Downhill medalists skied down Sochi's slopes averaging 97 km/hr. That's more than a mile a minute. @Tina Maze 
    • You could argue that the fastest Olympians are luge athletes, since they were able to reach an average speed of 100 km/hr at Sochi! @Felix Loch 
    • Here's a nifty graphic to sum things up! Average speed of Sochi 2014 medal winners for 9 events