August 2, 2012
Between 1956 and 1964, Larisa Latynina from the Soviet Union won 18 Olympic medals in gymnastics. Today, when we think about women’s gymnastics, we think of Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci or Mary Lou Retton. Most people today have never heard of Larisa Latynina. But until yesterday, Ms. Latynina held the record for the most Olympic medals. That was until Michael Phelps won two medals, the second of which being his 19th medal, making him the record holder for the most medals. Ms. Latynina held the record for 48 years.
She was 29 in 1964 when she won her 18th medal. These days, most female gymnasts retire while still in their teens. Quite a difference.
For more Olympics coverage, go to http://www.iweblists.com/sports/olympics/index.html. For a list of the medals Michael Phelps has won, look here and here.
January 7, 2010
This past weekend, Chris Johnson, of the Tennessee Titans, became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He finished the season with 2,006 rushing yards. He joins Eric Dickerson, the record holder with 2,105 yards in 1984, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and, do you remember, OJ Simpson? He rushed for 2,003 yards in 1973.
Here’s a list of the top 50 NFL Season Rushing Yards records.
April 27, 2009
So which US companies are worth the most?
Exxon Mobil (XOM) has held the title for a long time. As of today’s stock market close, Exxon Mobil is worth $326 billion. At a distant second place is WalMart (WMT) at $190 billion, followed by Microsoft (MSFT) at $181 billion. Then we drop to $149 billion for AT&T (T) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) rounds out the top 5 at $146 billion.
The list doesn’t change very much. For example, at the end of October, 2008, near the beginning of the recent crash, four of the top five remained the same. Exxon Mobil was first, followed by WalMart, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble. GE was 5th, and AT&T was 7th. GE has dropped due to its exposure to the banking industry. GE is now 9th.
Here’s a daily-updated list of the Market Capitalization of the top 50 US companies.
March 24, 2009
Last week, Martin Brodeur, goalie for the New Jersey Devils, broke the record for career wins, with 552. Patrick Roy is #2, with 551 wins. Roy last played with the Colorado Avalance in the 2002-2003 season.
Brodeur is also currently in second place for career shutouts, with 101, behind Terry Sawchuk, with 103. Sawchuk spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, and played his last season in 1969-1970 with the New York Rangers.
Here is a list of NHL Hockey records, and here is a list of Goalie Career Wins.