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|Which boxer became the first to hold both a world championship title and a PhD at the same time?|
Vitali Klitschko. Dr. Vitali Vladimirovich Klitschko (known as "Dr. Iron Fist") was originally a professional kickboxer, who won the Super Heavyweight Championship at the first World Military Games in Italy in 1995.
He was became the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Phd (in sports medicine and philosophy) when he defeated South African Corrie Sanders on April 24, 2004, to capture the World Boxing Council world Heavyweight Championship (which had been vacated by Lewis), in Los Angeles
|Who was the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal?|
Josiah Thugwane. Josiah Thugwane shocked the world when he won the marathon at the 1996 Olympics to become the first Black South African to win an Olympic gold medal. He had recently recovered from gunshot wounds he suffered when he was carjacked near his South Africa home.
|Who was the first non-American-born golfer to win the US Masters?|
Gary Player. In 1961, Gary Player became the first non-American Masters champion. Player, widely recognised as one of the greatest golfers of all time, is a successful businessman, an acclaimed thoroughbred racehorse breeder, and a philanthropist. His "Ten Commandments of Life" sum up his character:
1. Change is the price of survival
2. Everything in business is negotiable except quality
3. A promise made is a debt incurred
4. For all we take in life we must pay
5. Persistence and common sense are more important than intelligence
6. The fox fears not the man who boasts by night, but the man who rises early in the morning
7. Accept the advice of the man who loves you, though you like it not at present
8. Trust instinct to the end, though you cannot render any reason
9. The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but that while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night
10. There is no substitute for personal contact
|Which soccer match drew 199,854 spectators to the World Cup final in the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 16, 1950?|
Brazil vs Uruguay. Uruguay won the match, 2-1.
|In what year was the first recorded use of skis in warfare?|
1200 A.D.. Skis were first used in warfare in 1200 AD during the battle of Oslo, in Norway, when King Sverre of Sweden sent scouts out reconnoiter the enemy, who was encamped in deep snow.
|While mountain climbing, Christopher Timms of New Zealand fell 7,500 feet and survived|
t. Mountaineer Christopher Timms, of New Zealand, survived the longest recorded fall in history. On December 7, 1966, Timms slid down an ice face of Mt. Elie de Beaumont, 7,500', into a crevasse. His companion was killed, but Timms came out of the fall with only a concussion, cuts, and bruises.
|One can build a sailing boat out of paper|
t. In 1884, Tanneguy DeWogan built a boat out of compressed paper. The Parisian traveled 2,500 mi. in the craft without a single leak.
|On average, how far does a championship billiards player walk during the match?|
1 to 3 miles. Players in championship games walk from one to 3 mi. while circling the table, and moving from the table to their chairs.
|How many feathers does a badminton bird have?|
14. Olympic badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen feathers.
|Who was the first woman to break the twelve second barrier for the 100-meters?|
Stella Walsh (Poland). Poland's Stella Walsh (Stanislawa Walasiewicz)-won the women's 100-meter race at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman to break the 12-second barrier. When she was killed in 1980 as an innocent victim in a robbery attempt, an autopsy declared her to be a male.
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