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.