Olympic games is one of the most popular tournament in the world where thousands of athletes train for years to give their all and deliver the performance of a lifetime – even within a few seconds. There’s something magical about it. Everyone even those don’t care much about sports would be inspired by the spirit of the games. Every two years, we wait for the events to cry happy tears for the winners, sympathize with the losers, yell at the TV, and high-five strangers.
As the Olympic Tokyo 2020 is about to come, we put some facts about the Olympics that will blow your mind and get you into the mood.
1. The first ever Olympic Games took place in Olympia, Greece since the 8th century B.C. then were held every four years for the next 12 centuries before being banned by Emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century A.D.
2. 1500 years later, the event was resurrected with the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Greece.
3. In ancient Olympic Games, athletes competed naked without any protections. And, the Olympics lasted for 5-6 months.
4. Women was not allowed to compete in the Olympics untill 1900.
5. From 1924-1992, the Winter and the Summer Olympics are organised in the same year then being separated and alternated every two years until now.
6. The biggest number of towels needed is 165,000 during more than two weeks of the 2012 London Games.
7. English and French are the official languages of the Olympic Games which is complemented by the language of the destination country.
8. Johnny Weissmuller, an athlete-turned-actor who played Tarzan in 12 movies, competed in the Olympics in 1929s and won five gold medals in swimming.
9. Even until today, the Olympic torch is still lit the old-fashioned way using a parabolic mirror and sun rays in an ancient ceremony at the temple of Hera, in Greece by actresses playing priestesses and wearing Greek costumes of Greek. The torch then is relay to the host city by runners, it has also travelled by other transportation such as boat, airplane, horseback, camel, canoe…