15 Fun Facts About The Olympics …We Bet You Didn’t Know All Of These
1.The five rings of the Olympic symbol represent the five inhabited continents of the world.
2. The six colors – blue, yellow, black, green, red, and the white background – were chosen because every nation’s flag contains at least one of them.
3.The first Olympic Games took place in the 8th century B.C. in Olympia, Greece. Back then the athletes competed naked.
4. Women have been allowed to compete in the Olympics since 1900. However the 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which ALL participating countries sent female athletes.
5.The Olympic Flame is always lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia and follows an ancient ritual. Once lit, The Olympic Flame must never go out! If it should, a spare torch, lit from the mother flame in Athens, is never more than 30 seconds away.
6. The unlit Olympic torch has also been taken to space several times.
7. Artists once competed in the Olympics. From 1912-1948, medals were up for grabs in disciplines like painting, sculpting, writing, and music.
8. The Olympics didn’t take place in 1916 during World War, or in 1940 and 1944 during World War II.
9. During the 1936 Berlin Games, two Japanese pole-vaulters tied for second place. Instead of competing again, they cut the silver and bronze medals in half and fused the two different halves together so that each of them had a half-silver and half-bronze medal.
10.The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960, designed to allow war veterans a chance to compete and rehabilitate
11. Greece, Australia, France, Great Britain and Switzerland are the only countries to have had representatives at every Summer Olympic Games.
12. As of 2012, the USA has won more Gold (976), more Silver (758), more Bronze (666) and more total medals (2400) than any other nation at the Summer games.
13. London, United Kingdom, hosted the Summer Olympics in 1908, 1948, and 2012, making London the only city to host the event on three occasions.
14. Tug of war was contested as a team event at every Summer Olympics from 1900 to 1920.
15.Each Olympic games have a specific motto too. The unique motto of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan is ‘Discover Tomorrow’.
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