Interesting Olympic Facts (Part 2)

The Olympic Flame

The Olympic flame (torch) is a tradition appeared from the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia of Greece, a flame was set by the sun and then kept burning from the beginning to the closing of the Olympic Games. The first flame is introduced in the modern Olympics was at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam to represent the purity and the endeavor for perfection. In 1936, the chairman of the organizing board, Sir Carl Diem, recommended what is now called the modern Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic flame is ignited at the ancijent site of Olympia by groups of Greek females wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror to set the flames from the sun. The Olympic Torch is then delivered by runners from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium of the hosting city of the year. The flame is then kept burning until the Games have finished. The Olympic Torch relay represents a continual practice from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympics.

The Olympic Hymn

The Olympic Hymn, played when the Olympic Flag is raised, was written by Spyros Samaras based on the the wordings added by Kostis Palamas. The Olympic Hymn was first appeared at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens but wasn’t acknowledged as the official hymn by the IOC until 1957.

Real Gold Medals

The last Olympic gold medals that were made totally by pure gold were awarded in Olympic 1912.

The Medals

The Olympic medals are created and made differently for each individual Olympic Games by the host city’s organization board. Each medal must be minimum of three millimeters thick and sixty millimeters in diameter. Besides, the gold and silver Olympic medals must be made by 92.5 percent silver, combined with six grams of gold covered on the surface.