The 1896, 1900, and 1904 Olympic Games all failed to catch fire, but in 1906 when the interim games were held the world all of a sudden paid attention. This was the first modern Olympics to include all of the theatrical aspects.
In order for a sport to be included in the Olympics it must be practiced by men in 75 countries on at least 4 continents and by women in 40 countries on at least 3 continents.
The gold medals in the 2012 Olympics will be the biggest and heaviest medals ever although they are mostly made of silver (only about 1.5% of gold)
Anyone caught streaking at the 2012 olympics will be fined 20,000 pounds.
The 2012 Olympics will have 10,500 athletes competing.
The modern Olympic torch has its beginnings in the the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hitler and his regime reintroduced the ancient concept supposedly for the publicity and propaganda.
The Olympic torch is designed for rugged terrain and was even taken underwater passed the Great Barrier Reef during the 2000 olympics in Australia
The 2012 Olympic torch traveled 8000 miles around the UK which is more than twice the width of the United States.
The most extreme measures ever taken to transport the torch ocurred during the 1976 olympics. It was literally beamed across the ocean by radio signal from Athens after which the signal triggered a laser that lit the torch.
For the 2012 Olympics over 4 billion people are expected to watch the opening ceremony. That’s well over half of the world’s population.