Who knew that behind some of the world's most impressive athletes and rock stars were stories of humble beginnings? Czech Olympic gymnast Věra Čáslavská is one such story. After her training facility was destroyed during the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, Čáslavská took to training in the woods using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. This didn't stop her from going on to medal in all six events at the 1968 Olympics, four of them Gold. Or how about Jon Bon Jovi? Before he was a household name, young Jon (17 at the time) sang backup vocals on 1980's tie-in album “Christmas In The Stars” because his cousin Tony managed the studio where the album was recorded and had hired him as a janitor. And lastly, who could forget about those electric worm getters from the ‘80s and ’90s? Though it may send shivers down your spine now, this device used to be quite popular among fishermen for shocking worms out of hiding so they could more easily be caught… until 1993 when it was recalled after 30 people died using it.
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The destruction of her training facility led a Czech gymnast to train in the woods.