Reinventing the wheels
Skateboarding made its debut at the Olympics. Who invented the skateboard? — There are many reports of homemade skateboards being created in the 1940s and 1950s by Californian surfers who wanted to continue a form of their sport out of season, but the first commercial skateboard was marketed by roller-skate company Roller Derby in 1959. The sport, however, failed to catch on until 1973, with the introduction of urethane wheels and a curve at the end of a board known as the ‘kick-tail’, which allowed acrobatics to be performed.
There was more surface flooding in London. Is heavy rain becoming more common in London? The Met Office uses different ways to measure long-term rainfall trends.
1. The average rainfall on days when rain exceeds 1mm:
2. Number of days in a year when rainfall exceeds the 95th and 99th percentile of daily rainfall in that location:
Does the Olympics inspire us to take up sport?
Once a week participation in any sport
2005/06 (when London was awarded the 2012 Olympics) 56%
2012/13 (Olympic year) 55%
2015/16 (when the excitement had died down) 55%
2005/06 (when London was awarded the 2012 Olympics) 31%
2012/13 (Olympic year) 33%
2015/16 (when the excitement had died down) 32%
And what Olympics sports do we do?
People who participated twice in 28 days
Badminton, boxing, golf, rowing 2%
Source: House of Commons Library
Drowning by numbers
Around 40 people were reported to have drowned in a fortnight. In 2020, 631 are recorded as having drowned. Locations given of those judged to be accidents:
85 on the coast
73 in rivers
24 in lakes/lochs
16 in canals
13 in streams
9 in harbours
9 in a bath/hot tub
7 in ponds
7 out at sea
4 in swimming pools
1 in a quarry
1 in a reservoir
Source: National Water Safety Forum
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