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But what really makes these games special? Here are some quirky facts about the great Olympic Games:
Before the Winter Olympics began in 1924, all figure skating events and even hockey were Summer sports.
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In 1900, the Paris Olympics were so poorly organized that Margaret Abbott simply saw an advertisement for a golf tournament and entered. She walked away with a trophy after shooting a 47 on a nine hole course. Unbeknownst to her, she had just become the first woman to win an olympic event.
Nowadays, gold medals only contain 6 grams of gold, but gold medals used to be solid gold. I can only imagine the elaborate safes the olympics hid those babies in.
Back in the day(778 BC), an “Olympic Truce” was declared. This meant that all wars and conflicts must be halted for the games in order for the athletes to safely commute to and from their home countries as well as protect the host city from attacks. During the Olympics, the death penalty was also suspended.
In 1938, the torch bearer ran through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Yugoslavia was dissolved in 2006 and Czechoslovakia was dissolved into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
In no other event do women and men compete against each other with no separate rules or separate events.
Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia ran the marathon in 1960 barefoot and won by an astonishing 200m. In the next olympics in 1964, he ran with socks and shoes…but without an appendix. Bikila was the first person to win the marathon twice AND 40 days after he received an appendectomy. He won by 4 minutes for a final time of 2 hours 12 minutes 11.2 seconds.
At the 2000 games, olympic athletes reportedly used 70,000 condoms. In 2008, they used 100,000. This year, the games are providing 450,000. *wink*
The company started a promotion that offered free food when the US won gold in certain events. They didn’t expect the USSR to boycott the ’84 games and the US ended up sweeping 83 gold medals. The restaurant ran out of Big Macs and had to stop the promotion because they were losing too much money.
FLYING! He reportedly wore a parachute during his flight to the 1960 Olympic games because he was so afraid of planes. The man was a 3 time heavyweight world champion but almost missed the Rome games because of air travel.
I hail from Chicago, land of my beloved Blackhawks. You can often find me watching sports especially hockey, going to concerts, reading, eating ridiculous amounts of food, watching titanic documentaries, and making poop jokes. Dog Person. With the proper amount of caffeination, anything is possible.