Random fact of the day: Newton Heath LYR, or ‘The Heathens’, was the name of Manchester United Football Club when it was first founded. The LYR stood for Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and was added to distinguish this club from Newton Heath Loco (who were part of the Motive Power Division of the company). The team was started in 1878 by the railway workers of the Carriage and Wagon department.

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Random fact of the day: Iditarod Dogsled race traditionally begins on the first Saturday in March, starting in Anchorage, Alaska and ending in Nome.

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Random Fact of the day: The record for the most consecutive games played in Major league Baseball history belongs to Cal Ripken jr. The Baltimore Orioles Legend played 2,632 consecutive games. 

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Why Do People Obsess Over Sports?

Feels good to know that there is some actual science behind my obsession with sports. Rejoice! Sports Fans! 

Random Fact of the day: A total of 258 athletes (11 women, 247 men) from 16 countries participated in the first ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France in 1924. 

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Random Fact of the day: Samppa Lajunen of Finland became the first Nordic combined athlete to win three gold medals at one Games in 2002. He entered the 15km cross-country phase of the individual event in third place and easily made up ground to win the gold. In the team event, he anchored Finland to victory, then added another gold in the sprint.

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Random Fact of the Day: The 1972 Winter Olympic Games were the first to be held outside of Europe or North America. They were held in Sapporo, Japan.

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Random Fact of the day: Slalom (n.): A ski race down a winding course marked out by poles.

Etymology: 1921, from Norwegian slalam “skiing race,” literally “sloping track,” from sla “slope” + lam “track.”

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Random fact of the day: At 36 and 127 days, Bode Miller of the United States became the oldest skier to win an Alpine Skiing medal on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. He tied for Bronze in the Men’s Super-Giant Slalom event.

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Random Fact of the Day: The first Ice hockey gold in the Olympics went to Canada in the 1920 Summer games at Antwerp, Belgium. (Yep, you read that right, Ice Hockey became an Olympic sport 4 years before the first Winter Games). 

The Silver and Bronze went to USA and Czechoslovakia respectively. 

Bonus Fact: Canada also won the Ice Hockey gold in the first Winter Games at Chamonix, France in 1924. The Silver and Bronze went to USA and Great Britian respectively.  

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Sochi at Night : Image of the Day

On the evening of February 10, 2014, an Expedition 38 crew member on the ISS captured this digital photograph of Sochi, Russia, along the coast of the Black Sea.

Random Fact of the day: 1992 the last year that the Winter Games and Summer Games were held in the same year. The Summer Games were held in Barcelona, Spain and the Winter Games were staged in Albertville, France. 

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Random Fact of the Day: Bobsleigh has been contested at the Winter Olympic Games since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, with the exception of the 1960 showpiece in Squaw Valley, California, where there was no track.

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P.S. The Bobsleigh events gets underway today at Sochi.