• 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.Upload to Facebook
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.Upload to Facebook
    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.
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    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.Upload to Facebook
    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.
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    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:<br />
Cricket, 1900<br />
Croquet, 1900<br />
Golf, 1900, 1904<br />
Real tennis, 1908<br />
Lacrosse, 1904, 1908<br />
Motor Boating, 1908<br />
Pelota, 1900<br />
Polo, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936<br />
Rackets, 1908<br />
Rugby, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924<br />
Tug of War, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920
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    The following sports were part of Olympics but were discontinued:
    Cricket, 1900
    Croquet, 1900
    Golf, 1900, 1904
    Real tennis, 1908
    Lacrosse, 1904, 1908
    Motor Boating, 1908
    Pelota, 1900
    Polo, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936
    Rackets, 1908
    Rugby, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924
    Tug of War, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920
  • These following 14 events have been held in every modern Olympics:<br />
TRACK and FIELD<br />
100 metres<br />
400 metres<br />
800 metres<br />
1500 metres<br />
Marathon<br />
110 metres hurdles<br />
High Jump<br />
Long Jump<br />
Triple Jump<br />
Pole-Vault<br />
Shot Put<br />
Discus<br />
FENCING<br />
Individual Foil<br />
Individual Sable<br />
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    These following 14 events have been held in every modern Olympics:
    TRACK and FIELD
    100 metres
    400 metres
    800 metres
    1500 metres
    Marathon
    110 metres hurdles
    High Jump
    Long Jump
    Triple Jump
    Pole-Vault
    Shot Put
    Discus
    FENCING
    Individual Foil
    Individual Sable
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