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Star lover
February 15th, 2018, 08:40 AM
- From 1912-1948, artists participated in the Olympics: Painters, sculptors, architects, writers, and musicians competed for medals in their respective fields.


- During the 1936 Berlin Games, two Japanese pole-vaulters tied for second place. Instead of competing again, they cut the silver and bronze medals in half and fused the two different halves together so that each of them had a half-silver and half-bronze medal.

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- The Olympic torch is lit the old-fashioned way in an ancient ceremony at the temple of Hera, in Greece: Actresses, wearing costumes of Greek priestesses, use a parabolic mirror and sun rays to kindle the torch.


From there, the torch starts its relay to the host city: It is usually carried by runners, but it has traveled on a boat, on an airplane (and the Concorde), on horseback, on the back of a camel, via radio signal, underwater, and in a canoe.

The unlit Olympic torch has also been taken to space several times.

The relay torch and the Olympic flame are supposed to burn during the whole event. In case the flame goes out, it can only be reignited with a backup flame, which has been lit in Greece as well, and with never a regular lighter!

- The 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which all participating countries sent female athletes.

- The following sports are not part of the Olympics anymore: solo synchronized swimming, tug of war, rope climbing, hot air ballooning, dueling pistol, tandem bicycle, swimming obstacle race, and plunge for distance. Luckily, live pigeon shooting was a one-shot and only part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris.

- The five rings of the Olympic symbol – designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the modern Olympic Games – represent the five inhabited continents of the world.

The six colors – blue, yellow, black, green, red, and the white background – were chosen because every nation’s flag contains at least one of them.


- The Olympic Games have been hosted by 23 different countries.

- The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi, the dachshund, at the 1972 Games in Munich.


-The 2016 Games in Rio marked the first time the Olympics are held in South America.

To be continued.......

February 15th, 2018, 09:07 AM
Interesting, didn't know that about the rings.

February 16th, 2018, 08:07 AM
solo synchronized swimming??? wouldn't that just be dancing in the water?

Star lover
February 16th, 2018, 08:13 AM
solo synchronized swimming??? wouldn't that just be dancing in the water?

I thought the same thing.....and then I thought...maybe synchronized to music? I didn't find anymore info on the topic....sorry.

February 16th, 2018, 09:24 AM
solo synchronized swimming??? wouldn't that just be dancing in the water?

That would be like watching one golfer. lol