25 Intriguing Facts About The Summer Olympics

You don’t have to be a sport enthusiast to enjoy the Olympics. The Modern Olympic Games are the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate. It’s one of the most beautiful displays of world unification with some of the most dramatic displays of sportsmanship, athleticism, and camaraderie. The Summer Olympics are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition with two hundred nations participating and are held every four years in a different city (This year is a summer Olympic year). We’re so excited of this year’s summer Olympics that we decided to compile a list on 25 Intriguing Facts About The summer Olympics!

The summer Olympics have become so crucial to the fabric of our world culture that only two world wars and serious political conflicts between the world’s superpowers at the time (the USA and USSR) were serious enough reasons to lead to the cancellation of any of the Olympic games. Despite the involvement of politics; the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some athletes; and the involvement of multinational corporations and enterprises; the meaning of the Olympics remains (or should remain) sacred. Since this is an Olympic year and most of us are anxiously waiting until the opening day of the Rio Olympics, we found 25 Intriguing Facts About The Summer Olympics to hold us over until then.

Featured image by: Shawn Carpenter

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American athlete James Connolly won the first medal of the modern era at the 1896 Athens Games. Connolly competed in the triple jump and emerged victorious, becoming the first Olympic champion since the last Olympics were held, about fifteen hundred years earlier.

James ConnollySource: olympic.org, Image: Wikipedia
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The modern Olympics have been canceled only three times. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of WWI. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London, were canceled because of WWII.

World War 2Source: olympic.org, Image: Wikipedia
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The Olympic flame might have appeared for the first time in the Summer Olympics of 1928 in Amsterdam but it’s a tradition and practice that has its roots in antiquity. In Olympia (Greece), a flame was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the ancient Games. The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavor for perfection.

The Olympic flameSource: olympic.org, Image: Wikipedia
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Since the 1904 Olympics, medals are awarded in each event: gold for first place, silver for second, and bronze for third.

Olympic medalsSource: olympic.org, Image: Wikipedia
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When choosing locations for the Olympic Games, the IOC specifically gives the honor of holding the Games to a city rather than a country.

Rio 2016Source: olympic.org, Image: Wikipedia


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