8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

Learn the scientific reason behind the success of Olympic athletes.

8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

By Toni Gasparis

Do you know why Olympic athletes eat 8,000 calories a day? Do you know the gene that could determine an athlete's ability? Find out these facts and more about the Olympics, here.


When it comes to running, taller is faster.

Research has shown that taller and leaner runners sprint faster. Usain Bolt, currently holding the title as the fastest man in the world, is 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds. He can complete in the 100 meter dash in 41 strides or less while the average sprinter needs 53.

You've heard of red wine and white wine but have you ever heard of blue wine? This blue version of wine is given a taste test to see how it compares to the classics.