Amazing Olympic Facts


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1. Sports journalists were banned from the first Olympics as they were considered to be professional sportspeople.
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2. Three and a half Olympic swimming pools could hold all the gold ever mined in the world.
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3. Croquet was dropped as an Olympic sport after 1900 because only one spectator turned up to watch.
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4. About 100,000 condoms were given to Olympic athletes at the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010, and they used them all!
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5. If every star in the Milky Way was a grain of salt, they would fill an Olympic sized swimming pool
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6. At the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the medals were made from recycled televisions and computer circuit boards.
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7. At the 1928 Olympics, oarsman Henry Pearce stopped to let a family of ducks cross his lane and went on to win the gold medal.
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8. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics cost more than the last 13 Olympics combined.
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9. At the 1932 Olympics, the 3,000-metre steeplechase was run over 3,400 metres because an official lost count of the number of laps.
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10. Michael Phelps has won more Olympic golds than India, Nigeria, North Korea, Portugal, Taiwan and Thailand combined.
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11. The five interlocking Olympic rings are black, blue, red, white and yellow because at least 1 of these colors appears on every flag
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12. One Direction are the youngest band to ever perform at the Olympic Games.
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13. The 1904 Summer Olympic Games, held in St. Louis, included greased pole climbing, rock throwing, and mud fighting.

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14. I wish staircase tumbling was an olympic event.
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15. The annual cost to the UK economy of reoffending by ex-prisoners is equivalent to staging the Olympics every year.
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16. At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, Haiti and Liechtenstein found out they had the same flag. Liechtenstein later added a crown.
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17. All Olympic curling stones are made of a rare type of granite that is only found on a tiny island in Scotland.
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18. The torch relay at the beginning of the Olympics was actually a Nazi idea.
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19. The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was the first time a billion people have watched a sporting event.
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20. Muhammad Ali actually threw his Olympic gold medal into a river as a way to protest racial discrimination in America.
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21. The Olympic Gold metal is only 1.34% gold.
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22. George Eyser, who won three golds, two silvers and a bronze at the 1904 Olympics, had a wooden leg.
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23. Olympic medal-winners live almost three years longer than the rest of us.
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24. Olympic swimmers routinely pee in the pool.
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25. At the 1956 Olympics, Russian rower Vyacheslav Ivanov was so excited at winning gold that he dropped his medal into the lake and it was never found.

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