Do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to swimming? Test your knowledge with this swimming-related trivia!
Swimming and Pools Facts You Probably Didn't Know
1) President Gerald Ford was the first president to swim at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1975, Ford constructed the first swimming pool on the lawn of the White House and even built an underground tunnel for direct access.
2) It may sound like a cruel joke, but the Titanic was the first cruise ship to offer its guests the chance to swim on deck. The mega-liner had a 10 x 20 salt-water pool for First Class passengers.
3) It is no secret that swimming is an excellent exercise. It burns the most calories per hour of any other sport. Aggressive swimmers can burn almost 800 calories per hour.
4) Today, swimmers compete with a variety of different swimming strokes. However, the breaststroke was used exclusively for the first competitive swimming races beginning in the 19th century. It wasn't until the start of the 20th century that the craw stroke gained popularity.
5) There is more than water in that pool. Swimming is hard work and swimmers sweat just as much as any other elite athlete, but due to the environment, it is just more difficult to tell.
6) Swimmers use almost every major muscle group in their bodies, including those in their arms, glutes, back, shoulders and legs. Is it any wonder that swimmers are known to have an excellent physique?
7) Between those early morning training sessions and all the meets, an average high school swimmer will perform more than a million strokes per year.
8) Ben Franklin was quite a swimmer. When he was only 11 years old, he figured out if he attached wooden boards to his feet, he could propel himself through the water faster.
9) Swimming has been a part of the Summer Olympics since 1896. When it was first introduced as an Olympic sport, swimmers could only compete in breaststroke or crawl. It wasn't until 1904 that backstroke was added.
10) Olympic swimming may have been introduced in 1896, but at the time it was strictly a male sport. Female swimmers could not compete in the Olympics until the 1912 Stockholm Games,
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