Tomorrow sees the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games and I can’t wait! In preparation for the event that I have been waiting 4 years for, I have decided to give you some Olympic facts. I found all this info from the Olympic Wiki page so be aware that some of the info may be wrong…here goes…
- After the artistic section of the opening ceremony, Greece is traditionally the first nation to enter in order to honor the origins of the Olympics.
- During the closing ceremony three national flags are hoisted while the corresponding national anthems are played: the flag of Greece, to honor the birthplace of the Olympic Games; the flag of the current host country, and the flag of the country hosting the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games.
- The cost of the Olympic Games (Summer and Winter) have been studied by Oxford scholars Bent Flyvbjerg and Allison Stewart. They found that over the past 50 years the most costly Games have been London 2012 (USD14.8 billion), Barcelona 1992 (USD11.4 billion), and Montreal 1976 (USD6 billion).
- The Olympic symbol, better known as the Olympic rings, consists of five intertwined rings and represents the unity of the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe). The colored version of the rings—blue, yellow, black, green, and red—over a white field forms the Olympic flag. These colors were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag. The flag was adopted in 1914 but flown for the first time only at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. It has since been hoisted during each celebration of the Games.
- Women athletes were first allowed to compete at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, but at the 1992 Summer Olympics thirty-five countries were still fielding all-male delegations.
- Every country competing at the London 2012 Games will include female athletes for the first time in Olympic history.
- The Marathon race commemorates the run of a Greek soldier, Pheidippides, who had to deliver a message from a battlefield near the town of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC. Legend has it that he collapsed and died after running 171 miles in just two days.
I find it amazing that this is the first games ever where every single country has a female on their team!
I wish every country that is taking part good luck 🙂