Interesting Olympic Facts

The Olympic Games are a time when the people of the world can truly stand by their countrymen and represent the lands in which the hail from. The Olympics have their roots in ancient history, but have continued into the Modern Era as wel know it today. Collected from various sources, here are some intersting facts regarding the Olympic Games:

  • The first Olympic Games in 1896 featured only nine sectors. These were: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. All of these except tennis have been featured at every subsequent Games. Tennis was dropped in 1928 and only reinstated in 1988. A gap 60 years.
  • The first suspension for drug abuse was at the 1968 Mexico City Games. The drug in question was a few pints of beer. The competitor was a Swedish pentathlete, Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall.

  • The very first attempt to stage a modern Olympic Games took place in the small English village of Much Wenlock. It inspired Baron de Coubertin to found the International Olympic Committee. One of the London 2012 Mascots is named 'Wenlock' after this village.
  • Women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at the second modern Olympic Games.
  • The Olympic Games were only canceled during World War I and World War II (1916, 1940, 1944) 
  • The first recorded ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BCE with only one event - the stade. The stade was a unit of measurement (about 600 feet) that also became the name of the footrace because it was the distance run. Since the track for the stade (race) was a stade (length), the location of the race became the stadium.

  • Over the years, approximately 40 English language entertainment-based movies have been made that somehow feature the Olympics.

  •  Jamaica, a tropical island in the Caribbean, really did enter a bob-sledding (ice-sledding) team in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It was the inspiration for the hit comedy film 'Cool Runnings' starring John Candy as the coach. In reality, the team competed again in France and in Norway. They finally won a Gold medal at the 2000 World Push Championships held in Monaco.

  • The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.

  • When choosing locations for the Olympic Games, the IOC specifically gives the honor of holding the Games to a city rather than a country.


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