The concept of naming the Olympics after cities rather than countries is a tradition rooted in the ancient Greek concept of city states.
The winners of the 1904 Olympics were awarded paintings instead of medals because the French believed the paintings would have more value.
The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
Most gold medals are actually gold-plated with notable exceptions, made of solid gold, being the Lorentz Medal, the United States Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, and the Nobel Prize medal.
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.
Actually, it wasn’t until 1900 that women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games. Prior to 1900, the only way women were able to take part was to enter horses in the equestrian events. They first competed at the 1900 Paris Games in lawn tennis and golf. Over time more women’s events were added, and currently Boxing is the only Summer Olympic sport that does not include events for women, though this is set to change in 2012.
For more information regarding women and the Olympics please visit: http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/women.htm
Indeed, it was considered part of the track and field athletics program and was an active event in 1990, 1904, 1906 (Intercalated Games), 1908, 1912 and 1920.
For more fun facts about The Olympics please visit: http://www.infobarrel.com/10_Interesting_Facts_about_the_Olympic_Games
Did you know that an estimated 95 % of UK’s population will come within ten miles of the Olympic torch during its 8,000-mile journey between May 19 and July 27 this year?
And as much as we may think that the torch is carried by runners like a baton the whole route, over 6,000 miles of the torch’s trip will be by vehicle. This is just another reminder that strong transportation infrastructures are important!
Please learn more about the Olympic torch’s upcoming trek: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058387/Olympic-torch-route-London-2012-flames-8-000-mile-trip-UK.html#ixzz1nvXGGLso