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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OLYMPIC GAMES

The Olympic Games Have Been Divided Into Several Parts: Summer Olympic, Winter Olympic, Youth Olympic And Paralympic For The Handicapped. Today We Will Only Talk About Summer & Winter Olympic Games…


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OLYMPIC GAMES


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES 1 - 10


1. India has won a total of 28 medals in the Olympic Games. (9 gold, 12 Bronze, 7 silver). There is also a fact that neither the Olympic Games have been held in India till today nor will it be till 2050.


2. If we look at the history of the Olympic Games, they started 2794 years ago at the Olympia in Greece in 776 BC. These games continued till about 12 century, after which the Emperor ' Theodosius ' stopped in 393 AD. These games were dedicated to the Olympian gods.


3. To organize Olympic games, to add and take a sport to the Olympics, selection of the venue for sports etc. The International Olympic Committee ( IOC) was established in 1894. But the Olympic Games were started 2 years later.


4. The modern Summer Olympic Games began on 6 April 1896 in the city of Anthes, Greece, and the modern Winter Olympic Games began on 25 January 1924 in the city ​​of Chamonix, France. Initially, the Olympic Games were held every four years, but after 1994, they started every 2 years.


5. A torch is burnt in the Olympic Games, it has passed through Russia about 70 times.


6. William Shakespeare was the first person to use the word " Olympian " in 1591 . He used it in his book Henry VI: "Promise them such rewards / As victors wear at the Olympian games."


7. Horses participating in Olympics travel in business class. They have their own passports.


8. The name of the player who won the first medal in the modern Olympics is James B. Connolly (United States). He won this medal in three jump games. (The first final event of the 1896 Olympics).


9. In the first Olympic Games, only men participated. Women were first included in the 1900 Olympics. There were a total of 22 women who participated in only 5 sports: tennis, sailing, crochet, horse riding and golf. But now about 44% of the women participate in the Olympics.


10. Cricket was last incorporated into the Olympics in 1900. In which no country other than Britain and France participated. Britain took gold, France took silver.


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES 11 - 20


11. The Olympic Games were first attended by India in 1900. In which India won 2 silver medals in athletics.


12. Tennis was removed from the Olympics in 1924. Was added again in 1988.


13. Olympic medals are drawn each time by the organizing committee of the host city. Each medal should be at least 3 mm thick and 60 mm wide.


14. In 1900, those who came in 1st position at the Paris Olympics were painted instead of gold medals.


15. The Olympic Gold Medal, made entirely of gold, was last given in 1912. The weight of this medal was 24 grams and the price was $ 14.58. But today the Olympic gold medal contains 1.2% (6gm) gold of 99.9% purity and 98.8% (49 gm) silver of 92.5% purity.


16. The 5 rings printed on the Olympic flag represent five important continents - Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceana. The rings are left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. These five colours were chosen because at least one of these five colours is on the flag of every country. The flag was erected by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914 but was waved for the first time at the Olympic Games in 1920.


17. Olympic's MOTTO is Citius, Altius, Fortius ("Swifter, Higher, Stronger"). It was declared in Paris in 1924.


18. Ist inauguration ceremony was held during the 1908 Olympic Games. During this ceremony, the Greek team is always at the forefront of the athletes' procession and then the rest of the team in alphabetical order according to the language of the hosting country and lastly the team of the hosting country.


19. The Olympic Games of 1916, 1940 and 1944 could not be held due to WW1 and WW2.


20. It has also happened when the Olympic venue has been changed due to some incident. The 1908 Olympic Games were to be held in Rome but Mt. Vesuvius. They were shifted to London due to volcanic eruptions.


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES 21 - 30


21. Greece, Australia, France, Switzerland and Britain are the only countries that have participated in every Olympics. America could have joined this list but did not send its athletes to the 1980 Olympics.


22. Norway, Austria and Lichtenstein are the only three countries to have won more medals in the Winter Olympics than the summer Olympics.


23. America has won the most medals in Summer Olympic games, 2522 medals and the highest number of medals in winter Olympic games has been won by Norway 329 medals.


24. Africa and Antarctica are the only 2 continents where Olympic games have not been held till date.


25. To date, the highest number of 202 countries participated in the 2004 Anthes Olympics.


26. There are only four players who have won medals at both Olympic games (summer & winter): Eddie Eagan (American), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).


27. London is the only city to have hosted the Olympics 3 times.


28. The record for winning the most medals in the Olympics is named after Michael Felipe of America, he has won a total of 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) so far.


29. The record for winning the Olympic medal at the youngest is named after Dimitrios Loundras of Greek. He won a bronze medal in the Olympics of 1896, at that time his age was only 10 years 218 days.


30. The record for winning the Olympic medal at the oldest is named after Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal in shooting at the 1920 Olympics at the age of 72.


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES 31 - 42


31. The first time an Olympian was banned was in 1968 when a man in Mexico drank 2 beers to calm his nerves before pistol shooting.


32. The longest race in the history of the Olympics is a 199-mile long cycle race which was won by South Africa's ' Okey Lewis ' in Stockholm in 1912 in 10 hours, 42 minutes, 39 seconds. This was 4000 times more than the time it took Usain Balt to win a gold medal in the 100 meters race at the 2012 Olympics.


33. The longest wrestling match in the history of the Games was played at the 1912 Olympics between Martin of Russia and Alfred of Finland. Martin won this match for about 11 hours, but he was so tired that he could not play the final match.


34. The Coca-Cola company is the oldest sponsor of the Olympic Games. It has been sponsoring continuously since 1928.


35. Almost all the players who won medals at the Olympics cut the medal with a tooth while being photographed.


36. 1936 Berlin, Olympics. The first was an Olympics that aired on TV. Before this, people had to listen to the commentary on the radio and before that, they used to read in newspapers.


37. Olympic Anthem is made by Spyridon Samar. And its lyrics are taken from the poetry of Greek poet Kostis Palamas.


38. Milkha Singh was the first Indian athlete who went to the final of Olympic athletics. (In 1960, Rome Olympic).


39. 5000 tons of sand was taken from Surrey to London to build the volleyball ground at the 2012 Olympics.


40. Much was spent on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which was more than the 13 Olympics that preceded it.


Rio Olympic 2016 was the first summer Olympic Games to be held in the winter season.



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