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15 Interesting Swimming Facts You Probably Didn't Know

15 Interesting Swimming Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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Swimming, it's a sport that we all love and yet know very little about. Here are a list of ten interesting facts that you've, probably, never heard about.

1. Swimming uses every major muscle in the body.

It works your heart, and the muscles in your legs, arms, torso and hips. There's no fear of missing leg/arm day with this sport.

2. The Titanic was the first cruise ship with a swimming pool.

Owned by American financier, J.P. Morgan, it was one of the most luxurious passenger ships ever seen in the Olympic.

3. Swimming burns more calories than running.

While on average, running burns 472 calories, swimming is evidently more intense, burning 590 calories per hour.

4. Swimming became an Olympic sport in 1896.

Although women could not officially compete until 1912.

5. California has the most swimming pools.

6. Elephants swim an average of 20 miles a day.

7. Swimming dates back to 2500 BCE.

The Egyptians were one of the earliest civilisations recorded as having practised it.

8. The youngest world champion was 14.

Thorpe won the 400m men’s freestyle at just 14.

9. Over half of all serious swimmers develop shoulder problems.

10. Over half the people in the U.S can't swim.

Only 56 percent of Americans can perform the 5 key swimming skills.

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