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Jim Thorpe: Fact and fiction

The legend of Jim Thorpe and some misconceptions that still exist Before the 1912 Olympic decathlon, Jim Thorpe rarely competed in events such as the pole vault, shot put and javelin. But Thorpe was incredibly perceptive, a technique he sharpened watching horses gallop as a child. He would study their…

Olympian Technology: Higher, Faster, Stronger

(ISNS) — The Summer Olympic Games enjoys a long tradition of spectacular technical aids which have significantly improved athletes’ achievements, from sprinters’ starting blocks to composite fibers in badminton rackets. “It’s hard to imagine any sport hasn’t been touched dramatically by technology,” said Janice Forsyth, director of the International Centre…