Someone did enlighten me about the hammer for the hammer throw. Thank you. I did not really think it was a true hammer. Smile! When I was about 10, we were watching some sort of sports events and badminton came on. I kept hearing about the bird. Hitting the bird. I stormed out of the room and said it was cruel for them to hit animals. I thought they were actually hitting a bird. Really how would I know they weren't? I still do not really know what a badminton bird is like. And what the differences are between rackets in the racket sports. So that is my olympic question of the day.