By the Numbers: Extremely

By AFM – June 4, 2012

We chose the “road less traveled” this month to focus on a few weird and unusual sports, as well as our cover topic of wakeboarding. Extreme ironing anyone?
 

80

Number of people who competed at the Extreme Ironing World Championships in Munich in September 2002.
 

90 feet

Largest wave ever surfed

.0087

Percent chance of bowling a 300 (a perfect score)
 

24

Speed in miles per hour reached by boats pulling wakeboarders
 

112

Speed in kilometers an hour reached by a wheel of cheese during cheese rolling, a sport played in England where a round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down a hill and competitors chase after it
 

44

Weight of a curling stone in pounds
 

10

The number of games simultaneously played (and won) by the top ranked chess player in the world, 21 year-old Magnus Carlsen, while blindfolded
 

62

Record in feet for the deepest plunge dive set during the 1904 Olympic games, the only year the sport was present at the Olympics

1,214

Number of participants in the largest ever raft race, which included 607 rafts, in Bern, Switzerland
 

13.7

World record in seconds for the fastest ever inverted (feet first) five-meter rope climb
 

5

Amount of time in seconds an underwater hockey player averages underwater per play
 

4:43

Fastest male mile joggling with three objects, running a mile while juggling
 

6:17

Fastest female mile joggling with three objects

75

Percentage of wakeboarders who are male and age 13-24
 

17

Age of Edward Bosson, a teenager who set a world record for wakeboarding 21 miles across the English Channel between England and France
 

50,000

Grand prize in dollars at the 2009 World Series of Beer Pong
 

12,000,000

Largest first prize ever awarded at the World Series of Poker, which went to Jamie Gold in 2006
 

5

Rings in the Olympic logo, which contains the colors red, blue, yellow, green, and black. These were selected because at least one of these five colors appears on every flag in the world
 

1960

The year that Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia won gold at the Olympic marathon–barefoot
 

30

The amount of time in seconds for Mike Tyson to knock out Marvis Frazier in 1985, Tyson’s quickest knockout of his career
 

1985

The year that Olympian Lynette Woodward was selected as the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters
 

50

Length of the average dachshund racetrack in meters
 

18

Number of hours of 3-D coverage of the 2012 summer X Games
 

900

Degrees of rotation (or 2.5 turns) in an aeriel turn performed on a skate ramp, successfully completed for the first time by skater Tony Hawk at the 1999 X Games
 

51

Difference in feet between the previous snowmobile world record jump (361) and the new (412), both set by Levi LaVallee
 

514

Length in kilometers that Igor Deranja of Croatia wakeboarded to set the world record for longest distance traveled on a wakeboard in 24 hours
 

100

Score awarded to Shaun White in the 2012 Winter X Games, the first-ever perfect score given in the snowboard superpipe
 

420

Miles paddled by Justin DeBree in order to set the world record for Longest Stand-up Paddleboard journey
 

4

Number of divisions in the Austin Women’s Kickball association (Very Competitive, Competitive, Intermediate, and Beginner)
 

6,474

Number of geocaches found by Austin-area standings leader TreyB
 

2

Number of possible dodgeball national championships per year (indoor and outdoor). The Bexley Cup is awarded any team that wins both in one season

 

 
 

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