Fact of the Day
Beginning in 1994, the winter Olympic Games were held in completely different years (two years apart) than the summer Games.
Four Boeing 747 jumbo jets could have fitted side by side in the Olympic Stadium in Australia.
The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek root "gymnos" meaning nude. Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.
The members of the IOC are considered diplomats from the IOC to their respective countries.
The Olympic Hymn, played when the Olympic Flag is raised, was composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Kostis Palamas.
Polo was played at the Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936.
The first Paralympic Games was held in 1948. The name 'Paralympics' comes from the words 'Parallel' and 'Olympics'.
The first Olympics covered by US television was the 1960 Summer Games in Rome by CBS.
The Olympic medals are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city's Organising Committee.
The first opening ceremonies were held during the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
The gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal covered in six grams of gold.
During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the last team is always the team of the hosting country.
Hammer thrower James B. Connolly from the United States was the first Olympic champion of the Modern Olympic Games.
The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival.
Though Russia had sent a few athletes to compete in the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games, they did not compete again until the 1952 Games.