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A bloody past
The Ancient Olympics were much bloodier and deadlier than today with some boxers even wearing gloves spiked with sharp nails.
The first modern Olympics
The first modern Olympics was held in 1896 in Athens, Greece and cost roughly $448,000.
The price tag today
The 2012 olympic stadium cost £537 million or $832 million…enough to send one person to the moon 11 times.
Goose feathers galore
It takes 16 goose feathers to make each badminton shuttlecock, with the best feathers apparently coming from the goose’s left wing.
Since the birth of modern olympics roughly 100 years ago Americans have won over half the total amount of olympic diving medals.