The first Ironman Race

In 1977, after a regular marathon in O’ahu, Hawaii, a few participants started talking about how to create an even tougher race. Apparently a marathon was not enough of a challenge for them. And since Hawaii was already home to bike and swimming races, the group agreed to combine all three and create one of the toughest challenges in sports. …

The first non-white NBA player

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most popular sports leagues¬†in the World and has millions of fans. It was created in 1946 and did not include any non-white players until the Japanese-American Wataru “Wat” Misaka by the New York Knicks in 1947.

The first mixed martial artist star

In recent years, mixed martial arts have become a very popular sport in the US and all over the World. One man who could be called a true pioneer of the sport is the Englishman James Figg (1695-1734). At 6ft (182cm) and 185lbs (83kgs) he was a tall, lean mean fighting machine. During these times, there were fights with 3 …