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THE OLYMPIC GAMES
    Ever wondered what the five rings on the Olympic flag symbolize?
            How have the modern games changed over time?
 Find out the answers to these questions and more about the Olympics.




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1896   The first Olympic Games in 1896 had nine sport
       competitions. Since then many sports have been
       added (and removed) from the program.




                             MARATHON
                             The first modern Olympic Games
                             in 1896 included a marathon,
                             which was designed specifically to
                             pay homage to Ancient Greece.
       730
Five sports that have been part
of every summer Olympic Games

    Track and Field     Gymnastics




                                            Cycling

              Fencing



                                 Swimming
BROADCASTING
The first Olympic Games     The Olympic Games weren't
to be televised were the   televised worldwide until the
Berlin Olympics in 1936.   Rome Olympics in 1960.
TOP FIVE MOST
                 POPULAR EVENTS
    1
Track and field
                                        2
                                      Swimming

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    3
   Soccer
                            4
                         Gymnastics
                                                   5
                                                 Basketball
TORCH RELAY
The modern use of the Olympic flame
began in 1936. Greek ritual also
included torch relays, although this was
not actually part of the Olympic Games.




                                           Traditionally the Olympic
                                           flame originates in Olympia,
                                           Greece and is rekindled
                                           every two years using the
                                           sun's rays and a concave
                                           reflective mirror.
1908
The first time athletes marched into
the stadium behind their nations'
flags was in London.



1908
The first time a swimming pool was
used for swimming events.



1912
The first Olympic Games to include
competitors from all five continents.
OLYMPIC FLAG
     The five interlocking rings of the Olympic flag symbolize
the five continents of the world LINKED TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP.




     AUSTRALIA             AFRICA             AMERICAS




                   ASIA              EUROPE
HOW MUCH GOLD
IS THERE IN
AN OLYMPIC
GOLD MEDAL?
The Olympic Gold Medal is made of
silver with a 6 gram coating of gold.
The most Gold
                          Medals ever won by a
                          single individual in a
                            single Olympics.
                            Michael Phelps,
                            USA, won them in

1920                        the 2008 Beijing
                                Olympics.
The only Olympian




                                8
ever to be awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize was
Philip Noel-Baker of
Great Britain, who won                             1984
the silver medal in the                            First time professional
1500-meter dash.                                   athletes were officially
                                                   allowed to compete in
                                                   the Games.


            THE VICTORY PODIUM
           WAS FIRST USED IN 1932.
LONDON 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympics, which open on
July 27, will make London the first city in the
world to host the Olympic Games three times.




Sources
http://www.cnbc.com/id/26144883
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_the_Olympics_not_held_every_year
http://history1900s.about.com/od/greateventsofthecentury/a/olympicfacts.htm
http://history1900s.about.com/od/fadsfashion/a/olympicshistory.htm
http://geography.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/olympiccodes.htm
http://geography.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/olympiccities.htm
http://history1900s.about.com/od/greateventsofthecentury/a/olympicfacts_2.htm
http://www.factmonster.com/spot/olympics-trivia.html
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http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/trivia.htm
http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/firsts.htm

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Olympic Games Fast Facts

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  • 2. 1896 The first Olympic Games in 1896 had nine sport competitions. Since then many sports have been added (and removed) from the program. MARATHON The first modern Olympic Games in 1896 included a marathon, which was designed specifically to pay homage to Ancient Greece. 730
  • 3. Five sports that have been part of every summer Olympic Games Track and Field Gymnastics Cycling Fencing Swimming
  • 4. BROADCASTING The first Olympic Games The Olympic Games weren't to be televised were the televised worldwide until the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Rome Olympics in 1960.
  • 5. TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR EVENTS 1 Track and field 2 Swimming 730 3 Soccer 4 Gymnastics 5 Basketball
  • 6. TORCH RELAY The modern use of the Olympic flame began in 1936. Greek ritual also included torch relays, although this was not actually part of the Olympic Games. Traditionally the Olympic flame originates in Olympia, Greece and is rekindled every two years using the sun's rays and a concave reflective mirror.
  • 7. 1908 The first time athletes marched into the stadium behind their nations' flags was in London. 1908 The first time a swimming pool was used for swimming events. 1912 The first Olympic Games to include competitors from all five continents.
  • 8. OLYMPIC FLAG The five interlocking rings of the Olympic flag symbolize the five continents of the world LINKED TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP. AUSTRALIA AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA EUROPE
  • 9. HOW MUCH GOLD IS THERE IN AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL? The Olympic Gold Medal is made of silver with a 6 gram coating of gold.
  • 10. The most Gold Medals ever won by a single individual in a single Olympics. Michael Phelps, USA, won them in 1920 the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The only Olympian 8 ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won 1984 the silver medal in the First time professional 1500-meter dash. athletes were officially allowed to compete in the Games. THE VICTORY PODIUM WAS FIRST USED IN 1932.
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