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We are looking for earlier evidence of ‘Ironman’ in the sense ‘a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile cycle race and a full marathon’. The first example found so far is […]


OED’s researchers have traced the history of ‘header’ in the football (soccer) sense of ‘a shot, pass, or clearance made by heading the ball’ back to 1891 […]


The practice of consuming large servings of carbohydrates before participating in endurance sports was referred to as ‘carbohydrate loading’ as early as 1963, but the colloquial term ‘carbo-loading’ is more […]


In snowboarding or freestyle skiing a superpipe is a large halfpipe with high walls, with boarders or skiiers performing tricks on alternate sides of the pipe as they travel down it. This sense of […]

demon bowler

In Cricket, an exceptionally fast or skilful bowler is sometimes called a ‘demon bowler’. That epithet is now especially associated with […]

suicide (drill)

In American sport, ‘suicide’ refers to a type of particularly grueling running drill, usually performed on a basketball court. Athletes […]