Top 10 Fun Facts About The Olympics

1.  In the Nude?

The ancient Olympic games were open only to men and were celebrated as a religious festival. Furthermore, competitors were naked. Oh my.

2. Banned

The Roman Emperor Theodosius, who believed they were a Pagan festival, banned the Olympic Games in 393 AD.

3. The Olympic Rings

Everyone knows that the Olympic Rings symbolise the five continents of the world, but did you also know that the colours of red, blue, yellow, green, and black were chosen because at least one of them features on each of the world’s flags?

Others would argue that there are six or seven continents, depending on your point of view, but the IOC are not going to change now, are they?

4. The Marathon

In modern times it is almost unheard of a marathon to be won by anyone originating from outside of Africa. There was once a time when the opposite was true, however. Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila was the first to win the marathon. He won gold in 1960, running barefoot through the streets of Rome.

5. Fool’s Gold?

No, the legendary Stone Roses track has never been played at an Olympics. However, for the past 100 years, gold medals have been gold plated silver. 100% gold was last used at the Stockholm Games of 1912.

6. Is This Why?

In 1896 at the first modern Games, winning competitors won a silver medal, and the runners-up bronze. After beginning to use gold from 1904 to 1912, perhaps someone decided the cost was too much to bear.

7. You Missed a Year

Oh, yes, but that is because at the Paris Games in 1900, paintings were given out instead of medals. I can’t see that idea catching on today, though!

8. The Endless Olympics

Sticking to the start of the 20th Century, the Olympic Games once lasted an incredible 187 days and nights. Believe it or not, this was not a Games split due to war or conflict, but the first London Games of 1908.

9. China Were Once Rubbish

China is now one of the true sporting powerhouses of the modern world, so it is perhaps hard to believe that they did not make their debut as a gold medal winning nation until the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

10. The First Olympic Drugs Ban

Drugs testing for the use of performance enhancing steroids first took place at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

An athlete from Sweden tested positive: for alcohol!

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