12 Unknown Facts About Olympic Games

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Olympic Ring

The Olympic Games are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. Here are some of the interesting unknown facts about Olympic games.

1.  In Olympic games the gold medal is not made up of pure old, it has a gold plating on it.

2.  Abebe Bikila most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot.

Abebe Bikila

Blackcat /Public Domain | Abebe Bikila

3.  The 1896 Summer Olympics 1896, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was the first international Olympic Games held in modern history with no gold medal.

Olympic Medal

Wikipedia /Public Domain | Olympic Medal

4.  Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall (born 9 July 1941) is a Swedish modern pentathlete who caused the disqualification of the Swedish team at the 1968 Summer Olympics for alcohol use.

Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall

Swedish Olympic Committee /Public Domain | Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall

5.  The Olympic flag represents five world continents, Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.

Olympic Flag

Makaristos /Public Domain | Olympic Flag

6.  Spiridon “Spyros” Louis 12 January 1873 – 26 March 1940) was a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics. He was said to have stopped at a taverna in the middle of the race for some wine, drank a beer and ate a red-dyed, hard-boiled egg (which is traditional for Greeks at Easter).

Spyros Louis

Wikipedia /Public Domain | Spyros Louis

7.  Nadia Elena Comăneci is a Romanian gymnast who, at the age of 14, became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0 the scoreboard in Montreal was unable to display it, making it appear as if she had scored a 1. at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Nadia Elena Comăneci

Wikipedia /Public Domain | Nadia Elena Comăneci

8.  Martin Klein who competed for the Russian Empire at the 1912 Summer Olympics, was so exhausted from the bout – the longest wrestling match ever recorded – that he was unable to wrestle for the gold the next day, leaving Swedish wrestler Claes Johansson with the gold medal.

Martin Klein

Wikipedia /Public Domain | Martin Klein

9.  Johnny Weissmuller is a five-time  gold medalist  in swimming and actor best known for playing Tarzan.

Johnny Weissmuller

MGM studio /Public Domain | Johnny Weissmuller

10.  The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were the first Games to be broadcast on television, though only to local audiences.

Olympic Broadcast on Television

Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung /Public Domain | Olympic Broadcast on Television

11.  First opening ceremony of Olympics was hosted in London in 1908.

Opening Ceremony In London

Edvvc /CC BY 2.0 | Opening Ceremony In London

12.  The 2008 Beijing Olympics began at exactly 8:08:08 PM on 8/8/08 following the ancient Chinese belief that the number 8 is lucky.

Beijing Olympics

Chen Zhao /CC BY 2.0 | Beijing Olympics

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