The Olympics have been around for a long time. The earliest recorded Olympic event was in Ancient Greece in Olympia. Sadly, was abolished later on by a Roman emperor. In April 1896 the Olympics were revived and had been going strong ever since.
As the 2018 winter Olympics are right around the corner, we gathered some interesting facts about the Olympic games throughout the years.
1. The First Olympics Winter Games Was Held In 1924
While the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens Greece, the first Winter Olympics was in 1924 in Chamonix, France.
2. Figure Skating Costumes Have Changed… A lot
Nowadays, figure skaters don’t wear hats while competing because if part of their costumes falls onto the ice, they will get points deducted. Also, men used to compete in suits! I’m glad that changed because seeing which costume they wear is part of the fun!
3. Gold Medals Are Mostly Made Up of Silver
Each gold medal only requires 6 grams of gold, and the rest is silver. The last awarded solid gold medal was in Sweden at 1912 Stockholm Olympic games.
4. Figure Skating And Ice Hockey Were Initially A Part Of The Summer Olympics
The first introduction to figure skating at the Olympics was in October 1908, and the first ice hockey competition was in 1920.
5. The Five Rings Represent The Major Regions Of The World
The five regions are America, Oceania, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The colors on the rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red. They represent all the countries that compete in the games because every flag has at least one of these five colors.
6. Austrian Soldiers Made the Innsbruck 1964 Games Possible
Weeks before the start of the Olympics in Innsbruck, warm weather threatened the skiing event. The troops transported 20,000 blocks of ice and carried 40,000 cubic meters of snow from nearby mountains. They packed the ice and snow by hand and foot onto the skiing tracks. Geesh!
7. Snowboarding Made Its Debut At The 1998 Olympics
Sherman Poppen invented the snowboard (called Snurfer back then) in 1965 because he wanted to encourage his children to be more active. As more people gravitated towards snowboarding it became a discipline 33 years later.
8. Women Were Allowed To Compete In The Skiing Competition In 1936
Both men and women competed in the Alpines Skiing event and this marks the first time women were allowed to participate. While a man came in the first place, a woman named Kathe Grasegger won the silver medal
9. Norway Won The Most Medals In The Winter Olympics
Norway has won 329 medals and 119 of them are gold.
10. No Country In The Southern Hemisphere Hosted the Winter Games
Although it snows in Australia and New Zealand, there’s never been winter game held there.