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The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch

Getty Images When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances. Multiple backup sources are lit from the torch so that if the original goes out (which isn’t totally uncommon), it can be reignited using the same fire. But what happens when the Flame goes out and the backups are nowhere to be [...]

The Olympic Swimmer Who’d Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool

Getty Images To bring the Olympic spirit to developing nations in the late 1990s, the Olympic Committee allowed a small number of “wild card” athletes to join the Games. But because they didn’t have to go through any qualifying rounds to compete, not all of the contenders arrived prepared. One such athlete was a swimmer from [...]