Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Facts

In honor of the 2012 London Olympics, I'd like to reserve this post for some Olympic facts.

  1. The 1900 Paris Olympics was highly under-promoted, causing many of the athletes to be unaware of their participation in the Olympics.
  2. The official languages of the Olympics are English and French.
  3. The original headquarters for the International Olympic Committee was located in Paris.
  4. The medals given out at the 1900 Olympics were rectangular.
  5. The first modern Olympics took place in Athens, Greece in 1896.
  6. The Olympics was also held in London in 1908.
  7. The new headquarters for the I.O.C. is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  8. The first Olympic champion was from the U.S.
  9. The U.S. has been awarded over 2,000 medals all-time.
  10. The 1960 Olympic marathon was won by an Ethiopian man named Abebe Bikila who ran the race bare-foot.

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