|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.|
|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.|
|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:|
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.|
|About 50,000 volunteers are involved in staging the Olympic Games.|
|The Olympics once lasted 187 days. In 1908, the London Olympics went on for 187 days... they started in April and didn't end until October.|
|The following sports were part of Olympics but were discontinued:|
Golf, 1900, 1904
Real tennis, 1908
Lacrosse, 1904, 1908
Motor Boating, 1908
Polo, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936
Rugby, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924
Tug of War, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920