Fun Badminton Facts Fun Badminton Facts

You may have already discovered the fun of badminton. But did you know these fun facts?

Did You Know?

You may have already discovered the fun of badminton. But did you know these fun facts?

  • 'Birdies' of a Feather - Sixteen feathers are used to make a badminton shuttlecock and all of them come from only the left wing of a goose.
  • What a Workout - In one match, a badminton player will run, step and jump the equivalent of 2 kilometers or 1.25 miles.
  • Win a Gold - Badminton was made an official Olympic sport in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona Spain
  • Go USA! - Between 1949 and 1967 US teams won 23 world championships in Badminton.
  • Move Over, Basketball - Professional badminton players often jump two feet in the air to make a shot and are considered some of the most fit athletes in the world.
  • That's Fast! - On May 22, 2006, Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia entered the Guiness Book of World Records with a smash of 206 mph. For comparison, in May 2012, Australian tennis player Sam Groth hit the fastest recorded serve in professional tennis with a 163 mph ace and in April 2011, Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Aroldis Chapman pitched the fastest ever recorded pitch at 106 mph. 
  • Going the Distance - The record for the longest badminton match is 124 minutes, between Peter Rasmussen of Denmark and Sun Jun of China.
  • In Good Company - About one million Americans play badminton at least 25 times a year.
Brenda Kelley Kim

Brenda Kelley Kim is a writer from Marblehead, Massachusetts where she writes a weekly column in the Marblehead Reporter about family life. Brenda is a member of the Gut 'n Feathers Badminton Club where she formerly served on the board as House Chair, and is currently on the board of Marblehead Youth Badminton as the Secretary. She has been playing badminton for years but only recently started training with Gut 'n Feathers Coach Nick Vered and competing in tournaments. Brenda has three children all of whom play badminton recreationally.

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