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Olympic Facts

General Facts about Olympics
  • Olympics started in Ancient Greece. Many stories are associated with the mega event. The most popular of them is that Heracles, the son of God Zeus, was the first to run in the race in Olympia. He gave it the name of Olympics and proclaimed that these games will be held once in four years.
  • IOC (International Olympics Committee) gives a specific city the honor of hosting the event rather than a country.
  • Gold medals were made of pure gold more than 100 years ago. It was for the last time in 1912 Olympics when pure gold medals were awarded.
  • In the 1908 London Olympics, the first Opening Ceremony was held.
  • The Olympics Flag has five rings in different colors. The colors were chosen because they incorporated the colors of all the national flags.
  • In 1936, the event was televised for the first time. It took place in Berlin.
  • Earlier, only male participants took part in the games. Women participated for the first time in the 1900 Paris Olympics.
  • London 1908 Olympics lasted for 187 days starting from April 27 to October 31.
  • The Olympics did not take place in the years 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of World War I and II.
  • Olympiad is a unit of time used to measure a period of 4 years.
  • Brazil is the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics.
  • Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras took part in the Athens Olympics held in 1896. He won a bronze medal. He was just 10 years and 218 days old at the time and to this day remains the youngest Olympics competitor and medalist on record.

Last Updated : March 10, 2016