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According to the Detroit Free Press, 68 percent of professional hockey players have lost at least one tooth.

According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute in Arlington, Virginia, about 1,000 American deaths each year are a result of bicycle accidents.

According to the National Hockey League's official rule book, an approved hockey puck must be made of vulcanized rubber or other approved material, measure 1 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter, and must weigh between 5 and 6 ounces.

According to the National Hockey League's official rule book, the home team is responsible for providing an adequate supply of official pucks which must be kept in a frozen condition. This supply of pucks must be kept at the penalty bench under the control of one of the regular off-ice officials.

According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, clothing with team logos accounts for 60 percent of licensed pro sports merchandise sales 45 percent of Americans own at least one item with a team logo on it.

According to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, a tennis ball is supposed to bounce between 53 and 58 inches when it is dropped on concrete from a height of 100 inches. The concrete surface should be 4 inches thick.

After his infamous 1997 ear-biting attack on Evander Holyfield, the Hollywood Wax Museum moved boxer Mike Tyson's figure to the Chamber of Horrors next to the figure of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (from The Silence of the Lambs).

Akebono, the sumo wrestler superstar from Hawaii, weighs 516 pounds.

Although two-time Olympic gold medallist Percy Williams is rightly recognized by many as one of Canada's greatest athletes, he was twice beaten in the mid-1920s by Cyril Coaffee. In 1922, Coaffee ran the 100 yard dash in 9.6 seconds, tying the world record and setting a Canadian standard that wouldn't be bettered for 25 years.

American consumers were asked to vote for their favorite Wheaties champion of all-time. Wheaties celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1999 by re-releasing the original cereal packages featuring the Wheaties champions selected; the top ten vote recipients were Michael Jordan, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mary Lou Retton, Tiger Woods, Cal Ripken, Jr., Walter Payton, John Elway, Jackie Robinson, and the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team.

American John Howard holds the world record for bicycle speed. In 1985, he reached 245.08 km/h (about 154 mph) by cycling in the slipstream of a specially designed car.

Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.

An article titled "The Game of Golf for Women," which ran in an 1894 issue of Ladies' Home Journal, contained this droll comment about the sexes playing the game: "A gallant gentleman will not cheat a woman, and a woman at all worthy of consideration will not cheat anyone at all."

An expert fly fisherman may have as many as 10,000 flies in his collection.

As of 2000, the country of Nepal had never won an Olympic medal.

At age 16, Tracey Austin became the youngest tennis player to win the U.S. Open.

At least 40 jockeys have died from accidents while racing horses since 1940.

Auto racer Dan Gurney was one of the first U.S. drivers to use rear-engine race cars. He won the Le Mans race (1967), and finished second in the Indianapolis 500 twice (1968 and 1969).

Badminton is the world's fastest racket sport: a shuttle can leave the racket at a speed of almost 200 mph.

Badminton was first recognized as an official sport in the Olympic Games during the 1992 Summer Games. More than 1.1 billion people watched badminton's Olympic debut on TV.

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