>> Thomas Hicks, who won the Marathon at the 1904 Games, was given brandy by his coach before the event.
>> Women athletes participated for the first time at the 1900 Olympics in Paris.
>> PT Usha paraded her sprinting skills at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as a 16-year-old.
>> In Athens 2004, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra didn’t win a medal despite breaking an Olympic record. His luck changed in 2008.
>> American gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who ruled her sport at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, took to gymnastics after watching Nadia Comaneci on television.