• In 1900, in France, winners got paintings instead of gold medals. Gold, silver and bronze medals weren't given out until the third modern Olympics, in 1904. The French gave the winners paintings because they believed they were more valuable.
    In 1900, in France, winners got paintings instead of gold medals. Gold, silver and bronze medals weren't given out until the third modern Olympics, in 1904. The French gave the winners paintings because they believed they were more valuable.
  • China didn't win its first medal until 1984. It's hard to believe now, since China seems to be a medal-winning monolith.
    China didn't win its first medal until 1984. It's hard to believe now, since China seems to be a medal-winning monolith.
  • Sohn Kee-chung is the only olympic gold medallist not to hear his national anthem after winning a gold medal. Sohn (d. 2002) was a Korean and won the gold in the 1936 games. But because Korea was under control of imperial Japan, Koreans were forced to compete under the Japanese flag with Japanese names, and the Japanese anthem was played. No attempt has ever been made to correct that, and the two medals won by Koreans in 1936 (gold and bronze) are still counted as `Japanese` medals by the IOC.
    Sohn Kee-chung is the only olympic gold medallist not to hear his national anthem after winning a gold medal. Sohn (d. 2002) was a Korean and won the gold in the 1936 games. But because Korea was under control of imperial Japan, Koreans were forced to compete under the Japanese flag with Japanese names, and the Japanese anthem was played. No attempt has ever been made to correct that, and the two medals won by Koreans in 1936 (gold and bronze) are still counted as "Japanese" medals by the IOC.
  • A 6-year-old once participated in the Olympics as a spotter for a rowing team. Because the other teams were using much heavier adults as spotters, the child's team won easily. He apparently wandered off before he could be given a medal.
    A 6-year-old once participated in the Olympics as a spotter for a rowing team. Because the other teams were using much heavier adults as spotters, the child's team won easily. He apparently wandered off before he could be given a medal.
  • Christophe Lemaitre of France hopes to thwart the Jamaican and American men in 100 and 200 metres at London Olympics of 2012. He is the first white to breach 10 seconds.
    Christophe Lemaitre of France hopes to thwart the Jamaican and American men in 100 and 200 metres at London Olympics of 2012. He is the first white to breach 10 seconds.
  • The first recorded Olympic champion was Coroebus of Elis who won the 200 metre race in the only event in 776. The length of the race was based on a legend that Hercules had run this distance in one breath. Not a lot of people know this, but Coroebus was a cook. Competitors in those days, of course, competed nude.
    The first recorded Olympic champion was Coroebus of Elis who won the 200 metre race in the only event in 776. The length of the race was based on a legend that Hercules had run this distance in one breath. Not a lot of people know this, but Coroebus was a cook. Competitors in those days, of course, competed nude.
  • When a Sports Illustrated reporter asked USA goalkeeper, Briana Scurry, what she would do if the US won gold in the 1996 Olympics, she replied that she would run naked through the streets of Athens, Georgia, where the final was played. Well, the US won, and at 2.00am next morning an honour-bound Scurry, accompanied by a friend with a video camera, did a 10-metre dash wearing only her gold medal.
    When a Sports Illustrated reporter asked USA goalkeeper, Briana Scurry, what she would do if the US won gold in the 1996 Olympics, she replied that she would run naked through the streets of Athens, Georgia, where the final was played. Well, the US won, and at 2.00am next morning an honour-bound Scurry, accompanied by a friend with a video camera, did a 10-metre dash wearing only her gold medal.
  • Four Olympic medallists later played Tarzan in films:<br />
Johnny Weismuller, who won two swimming gold medals, in 1924 and in 1928.<br />
Buster Crabbe, who won a swimming bronze in 1928.<br />
Hermann Brix, who won silver in the shot put in 1928.<br />
Glen Morris, who took gold in the decathlon in 1936.
    Four Olympic medallists later played Tarzan in films:
    Johnny Weismuller, who won two swimming gold medals, in 1924 and in 1928.
    Buster Crabbe, who won a swimming bronze in 1928.
    Hermann Brix, who won silver in the shot put in 1928.
    Glen Morris, who took gold in the decathlon in 1936.
  • Harold Toshiyuki Sakata, silver medallist in 1948 in weightlifting later appeared as a villain (Odd Job) in the James Bond film, Goldfinger.
    Harold Toshiyuki Sakata, silver medallist in 1948 in weightlifting later appeared as a villain (Odd Job) in the James Bond film, Goldfinger.
  • About 50,000 volunteers are involved in staging the Olympic Games.
    About 50,000 volunteers are involved in staging the Olympic Games.