This page is filled with Olympic facts that the Olympians themselves might not even know!! That's right! You've come to the best in the business when it comes to Olympic info! And you can impress your friends and family with some of this stuff!!
Did you know that at all Olympic ceremonies when the teams enter, the Greek team is always first and the hosting team is always last?
Here's one I bet you didn't know. Three summer Olympics and two winter Olympics have been canceled because of wars! The 1916 Berlin, Germany, Summer Olympics were canceled because of World War I, and the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and the 1944 summer Olympics in London, England, were canceled because of WWII. The Winter Olympics of 1940 in Sapporo, Japan, and the 1944 Winter Olympics in Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy, were also canceled because of WWII.
Girl Power! Yeah it's popular, but did you know that until 1900, there were no women allowed in the Olympics? Even in 1900 there were only a few female golfers and tennis players! In fact, women weren't of great number in the Olympics until about 1912!! We've definitely come a long way with women's rights!!
Everybody has seen the Olympic symbol (the five interlocking rings). Heck, we have it at the top of our pages! But have you ever wondered what it means? The five interlocking rings represent unity among the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. I guess if they ever let penguins compete in the Olympics, they'd have to make it six interlocking rings (Antarctica would be added.)!!!!
Have you ever run a marathon? Well if you have, did you know that it's named after a Greek city? When the Athenians defeated the Persians in the Peloponnesian War, a Greek man named Pheidippides ran about 26 miles from Marathon to Athens telling everyone that the Athenians had won the war. When he got there, he blurted out the news and dropped dead of dehydration.