Throw and the Shot Put are still standard events today. These were developed
at the Scottish Highland Games.
Eric Liddell was a
legendary Scottish runner and a devout Presbyterian missionary who refused
to run his specialty, the 100 meters, in the 1924 Olympic games because the
event was held partly on a Sunday. Instead he ran the 400 meters, for which
he had not trained , and still won the gold medal. Eric was the subject of
the film Chariots of Fire.
Forbes, Scottish and publisher of Forbes Magazine, became the first person
to ever cross the North American continent in a hot air balloon. He started
the trip at Coos Bay, Oregon on 10/4/73 and ended up at Chesapeake Bay near
Gwynn Island, Virginia, landing on November 6th of the same year.