Sports can be incredibly fascinating, whether you’re a fan or not. There’s a reason why there have been so many sports documentaries and movies on top of the sports themselves. Even non-fans know the basic rules of games and the occasional fact that they overheard on NPR or something. For good or for bad, sports are inescapable, especially during an Olympic season. 

However, there are many random facts about sports and the Olympics that even the most lauded sportscasters don’t know. With hundreds of years worth of history, it can be unfathomable to recall them all. Some seem even too unreal to be true.

Did you know that left-handed players are the most dangerous competitors in polo? Or that an Olympic gold medal marathon runner broke a world record on his bare feet? Or that at one point a person could win an Olympic gold medal for literature?

Take a look at some of the most fascinating and downright insane facts from the athletic world:

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