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15 fun facts about the Olympic Games

  1. Abebe Bikila, an unknown Ethiopian athlete won the Olympic road marathon barefoot in 1960. 
  2. Matey Kaziyski registered an 82mph spike (a particular volleyball strike) at London 2012.
  3. Of the 28 possible Olympic gold medals in basketball (across the years and sexes), USA have won 21. 
  4. John Boland won the Olympic men’s singles tennis in 1896 wearing leather soled shoes with heels.
  5. Gymnasts at the ancient Olympics used to perform nude – the word gymnos is Greek for naked. 
  6. Archery arrows travel up to 140mph.
  7. 25.4 tonnes of floating rubbish had to be removed from Guanabara Bay during rhe Olympic trials last year – not such a fun fact!
  8. Horse rider Otomar Bures took over 2 1/2 hours to complete a 5 mile cross country course with a time limit of 17 minutes 46 seconds in 1936, he incurred 18000 penalty points.
  9. In 1908 Cornwall won silver in rugby sevens (as the best English and Welsh players were unavailable, Cornwall’s team were fielded as they’d won the county championships).
  10. Divers hit the water up to 35mph, to mitigate the stress on the body machines are used to produce tiny ripples of air bubbles to soften the water and lower water tension. 
  11. Long distance runners have the greatest aerobic capacity of all athletes, followed by synchronised swimmers. 
  12. Johnny Weissmuller aka Tarzan” won 5 Olympic gold medals in swimming and water polo in 1924 and 1928 before finding fame on the big screen.
  13. If Michael Phelps was a country, he would be 39th on the “all time medals” list! (As of 10/08/16 with 21 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronze.) 
  14. Great Britain’s first (ever) Olympic gold medal was in weight lifting, Launceston Elliot won the one-armed lift in 1896.
  15. Male wrestlers have a rule about beards! They must either be close shaven or have a beard of several months growth.

All facts from bbc.co.uk/sport

10 reasons why Rio 2016 is so great!

  1. The Olympic torch passed by Eloenas refugee camp near Athens where a resident of the camp carried the torch as part of the relay. Inclusion at its best.
  2. 206 athletes are being provided with free sports kit. The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry are ensuring “no athlete shall be left behind when it comes to being equipped with the latest state-of-the-art competition apparel.”
  3. Opening ceremony (with half the budget of London 2012) themes were peace and sustainability, ultimately, the only themes that will enable our world to continue existing. The cauldron, designed to be small and environmentally friendly was still beautiful using a stunning sculpture to amplify the light.
  4. 10 althletes form the first Team Refugee Olympic Athletes. They represent the 65 million displaced individuals across the world. They will compete under the Olympic flag and if they win a gold medal the Olympic anthem will be played. 
  5. The mascot has 2 eyes…why did London 2012 mascot only have 1 eye? Very glad for the return of the 2 eyed mascot! It’s a cross between a cat and a monkey but can also fly and stretch its limbs, what more would you want from a mascot?! 
  6. Beach volleyball is being held on an actual beach, on one of the most iconic beaches, Copacabana!
  7. Rugby 7s is a new sport, bringing together the skill of rugby with extra speed makes it an exciting spectacle. Golf is also returning to the games after 112 year absence.
  8. Brazil is the home of samba and carnival,  this creates a party, fun atmosphere. Tom Daley has said it’s less serious than London, making it even more enjoyable to be part of it. The Olympians are there to entertain us but we want them to have fun don’t we?! 
  9. 70,000 volunteers will be replicating the essential contribution of the games makers of London 2012.
  10. Christ The Redeemer statue is overseeing the whole thing, it couldn’t get any better than that!