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Fun facts about the Olympic Winter Games over the years
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Fun facts about the Olympic Winter Games over the years
We were thrilled with the coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics recently. Each year brings spectacular openings and closings with special moments that are unique for the particular location. There have been ups and downs since the first official competitions and the event has evolved into a spectacular display that the world looks forward to every four years. We've put together a collection of over the years fun facts about the Olympic winter games for your enjoyment.
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Toronto - March 7, 2018 - We were thrilled with the coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics recently. Each year brings spectacular openings and closings with special moments that are unique for the particular location. There have been ups and downs since the first official competitions and the event has evolved into a spectacular display that the world looks forward to every four years. We've put together a collection of over the years fun facts about the Olympic winter games for your enjoyment.

The Olympics began as a religious festival

The first Olympic games began as a religious celebration around 776 BC. The games continued through 393 AD, until they were banned because the festival was a pagan observance to the Greek god Zeus. There were no winter games in the earlier years of its creation. This would come centuries later

The Olympic Summer Games began in 1894

The Olympics as we know them today, did not get an official start until shortly before the twentieth century. It was Baron Pierre de Coubertin, an educator from France, who initiated the revival of the Greek games from antiquity. The first Olympic Summer games were held in Greece in 1896. There were no winter games attached to the first summer events.

The Olympic Rings have a special meaning

The design of the five interlocking rings of the Olympic flag is impressive, but it has a special meaning attached. Each ring represents one of the five continents on the planet. It the symbol that shows we are all connected with one another. The first sign of thee rings on the Olympic flag were flown at the Antwerp Winter Games in 1920.

Gold medals contain very little gold today

The first gold medals presented at the first Olympics were crafted of solid gold. This tradition ended with the 1912 games. Since this time, gold medals are made mostly of silver with a gold plating that uses just 6 grams of gold plating materials. The first medals would be worth a lot of money today.

The first Olympics only allowed men to compete

The first ever Olympians were men. Women were not allowed in official competition until the games held in 1900. It wasn't until 1964 that the first women participated in luge and volleyball contests at the Olympics. They made their way to weight lifting in 2000, and into the sport of boxing in 2012.

A handful of athletes won medals in both Summer and Winter Olympic competition

We all know that it's a great accomplishment to win one medal, but there are a total of five athletes who won medals in both seasonal events. It's not common, but every now and then a special athlete will compete in different sports and win. Of the four, two are Americans. They are Lauryn Williams winning relay gold, silver in the 100 meter and silver in the bobsled. Eddie Eagan won gold medals in both bobsled and boxing.

The first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix, France

Although the first Summer Olympic games were held in 1986, it wasn't until 1924 that the first Winter Olympics took place. The location of the first winter games was in France. This was fitting because it was a French educator who first proposed the revival of the ancient games.

Norway and America are the biggest medal winners

American takes the record for the most medals won at the summer games. American Olympians have won a total of 2,189 for Summer games alone, which is the highest total for any country. Norway has won the biggest number of medals in Winter Olympic games with a total of 263.

The way the Olympics is scheduled changed in 1994

Before 1994, the Olympic games, both Winter and Summer were held during the same year. After 1994, the Olympic Games committee made the decision to alternate the games every two years. The good thing about this is that there isn't as long in between Olympic competitions, which makes spectators happy.

These are a few of the over the years fun facts surrounding the Olympic Games. The Games have become a highly anticipated event throughout the world. It is the one global efforts that has been successful in bringing all the countries of the world together in celebration, good will and human fellowship.

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