Mary Leela Rao was the first Indian woman to participate in the Olympics.
Rao, a long jumper, took part in the 1952 Helsinki games.
Olympic officials once took apart Dhyan Chand’s hockey stick to see if there was a magnet inside. Adolf Hitler was a fan too, offering to buy it.
Great Britain’s Philip Noel-Baker, who won silver in the 1500 m in 1920, is the only Olympian to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
For a sport to be in the Olympics, it should be ‘widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and women in 40 countries’.
Between 1956 and 1964, a Ukrainian gymnast called Larisa Latynina won 18 Olympic medals—the most by any athlete in history.
In 1964, Ewa Klobukowska won a bronze in the 100 m dash and a gold in the 4x100 m relay. Three years later, she became the first athlete to fail a sex test.
The practice of releasing doves at opening ceremonies was halted after some birds were...