Interesting Olympic Facts (Part 3)

Winter Games Begun

The winter Olympic Games were first organized in 1924, starting a tradition of hosting them a few months earlier and in a different place to the summer Olympic Games. Starting in 1994, the winter Olympic Games were organized in completely different years to the summer Games.

Cancelled Games

Due to the World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games organized in 1916, 1940, or 1944.

Tennis Banned

Tennis was an official game played at the Olympics until 1924, then reinstituted in 1988.

Walt Disney

In 1960, the Winter Olympic Games were organized in Squaw Valley, California (United States). In order to impress and attract the spectators, Walt Disney was head of the committee that planned the opening day ceremonies. The Opening Ceremony of 1960 Winter Games  was entertained by high school bands, releasing thousands of balloons, 2,000 doves, endless fireworks, ice sculptures, and national flags dropped from the sky by parachute.

Russia Not Present

Though there were a few Russian h athletes sent to compete in the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games, they did not official join until the 1952 Games.

New Sports

Motor boating became an official sport at the 1908 Olympics while Polo was officially played at the Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936.

Gymnasium

The word “gymnasium” was from the Greek root “gymnos” which means nude;¬† Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the costume of nude shade.

Stadium

The first ancient Olympic Games recorded were organized in 776 BCE with only one event – the stade which was a unit of measurement (about 600 feet) . The footrace which was the distance run, was named after it since the track for the race was a stade in length, the venue of the race became the stadium.

Counting Olympiads

An Olympiad is a period of four successive years which the Olympic Games celebrate since in 1896. Every four years celebrates an Olympiad; thus, the Games that were cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 are considered Olympiads. The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens was named the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad.