almost 7 years ago
So the 2016 Olympics commence today in Rio…
How much do you really know about the greatest competition in the world?
Here we have compiled some ‘Olympic Facts’ to get you in the know, ready for this years’ hugely anticipated games in Rio;
- The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
- There will be 32 tonnes of dead fish removed from the rowing and canoeing lagoon before the water-based activities take place at this years’ event
- The Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions.
- Twenty years before American women could vote, they were allowed to compete in the Olympics.
- Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.
- For the 1900 Olympics, held in Paris, winners were given paintings instead of medals, which the French believed were far more valuable.
- A record 202 countries participated in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens.
- Larrisa Latynina, a gymnast from the former Soviet Union, finished her Summer Olympic Games career with 18 total medals—the most in history.
- A fleet of 21 jumbo jets will be required to fly all 10,500 athletes out to Rio. That's a total space the size of 21 football pitches.
Best of luck to team GB!