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There’s a lot we probably don’t know about the Olympic games. But with all the research we’ve been doing getting ready for the Rio Olympics, we came across a score of great facts and thought we’d share with others planning on attending!


  1. The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
  2. Three continents; Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted Olympic Games (until 2016, that is!).
  3. First place winners in the 1900 Paris Olympics received paintings instead of gold metals because they were considered to be more valuable.
  4. The last games to have completely gold medals were the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. Nowadays, the medals are only gold-plated.
  5. In the first modern Olympics, Athens 1896, first place winners were awarded silver medals and olive branches, second place winners were given bronze medals and third place winners were left empty handed.
  6. Women could attend to the modern Olympics for the first time in 1900 in Paris Olympics, where there were more athletes than spectators.
  7. China did not win a medal until 1984, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they received 100 medals, including 51 gold.
  8. The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius means Faster, Higher, Stronger.
  9. The only athlete who has won gold both in Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics, participating in different sports is Eddie Eagan from the United States.
  10. The first Olympic city to award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, was St. Louis, in 1904.

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