20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games


The Olympic are awaited by all  event lovers  and consist of intense weeks of high competition where anything can happen. If you are someone who is put in front of the each new Olympiad, or if you’ve even competed or trained vigorously to try to represent your country, you will be amazed to know the behind the scenes of this wonderful competition. Here are 20 formidable data you did not know about the Olympic Games, and learn from the birth of this famous multisport game until they left much is the most expensive Games eve

Founder of the modern Olympic Games

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgNot many know that the birth of the modern Olympic Games took place in France by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, an educationalist and historian. Its formation is associated with a “muscular Christianity” sought to achieve spiritual perfection through sport and .So was the Baron de Coubertin traveled around the world trying to combine words like peace, understanding among men, union, along with the word sport. The pursuit of competition is not overcome the other; would participate, be able to use the body to achieve an advanced emotional and spiritual development. As Greek as famous quote today: ” A healthy mind in a healthy body”.

The Olympic flag

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgThe main symbol of the Games is the flag, which consists of five rings. Each ring represents each of the continents: America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. The rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red colors; and added the white background, the flag contains six colors, colors containing all the flags of the world. It is a symbolic quest to unify all nations on the planet.

Naked Olympics

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games3 - tinoshare.comWhile there are only approximations of what was the reason, the fact is that the Olympic Games last practiced without clothing; that is, completely naked. The beauty at that time was considered without taboos today, and a sculpted body and tension was seen as a work of art in motion.

Women could not participate

Married women were not allowed to attend the Olympics. Instead, single could themselves go to the games. It was they could see and meet champions. So much so, that it was common for parents to bring their daughters to the event. Anyway, there was a competition dedicated to women, competing in a short tunic and bare-chested, in symbolic representation of Amazonian women.

First marathon history

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games4 - tinoshare.comIt was the year 490 BC, when Athens fought against Persian invaders and came out victorious. A Greek soldier Pheidippides, ran to give the news of the victory. The city of which he started was called Marathon and ran to Athens. The distance was about 40 kilometers.If he did not, believing himself lost the Athenians had burned the city and killed children.Pheidippides arrived in Athens fatigued to the utmost, broke the news and immediately died from exhaustion. So in his honor, when the modern Olympic Games were inaugurated in 1896, a race with a similar distance, in commemoration of that act of courage and resilience of the Greek soldier was.

The cost of the first Olympic Games

 The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, and cost about $ 450,000.More than 100 years later, in 2004, the games took place in Athens also cost a bit more: $ 15,000 million. However, the costliest in history were the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 2014, at a cost of $ 51,000 million.

The first prizes

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgWhen the modern Olympics began, back in 1896, the first prizes were more modest than today. The first prize was an olive wreath, the second was a silver medal and the third prize was only the recognition. That is, the third was valuable, but symbolically; there was no prize to take back home.

Gold medals?

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgWhile it is true that there are gold medals, they can be considered only symbolically gold. To be more exact, they are 92.5% silver and a gold coating of about 6 grams. That is, they are almost entirely of silver, except for the minimum cover. The bronze, however, are 90% bronze; but worth approximately $ 4. It can be said, therefore, that the medals today also have a symbolic value. Besides, who in their right mind would try to sell his Olympic medal?

Five athletes sold their Olympic medal

In the story, several athletes sold their Olympic medals for several phones. As there are many reasons why every athlete decides to pawn his life to obtain an achievement of such an effort, there are multifarious reasons why they decide to sell their medals. For example, Mark Wells, hockey player US decided to sell to finance a genetic disease in his spinal cord. Others, however, decided to sell his medals to charity. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka in 2012 sold his bronze medal for trying to save his neighbor five years.

Any medal is worth more than gold?

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgIncredibly, the answer to this question is yes.There is a medal, rarely given, which is worth more than gold. It is the Pierre de Coubertin medal, whose name honors the founder of the modern Olympic Games. It is a medal that is awarded to the “true spirit of sportsmanship” and has occurred only 11 times in history.Sometimes by bailouts made by athletes, leaving aside the honor of winning a medal; other times simply by demonstrating a true sportsmanship. This is the case of Eugenio Monti, in 1964, after learning that their British rivals had broken them a screw in his sleigh Bobsleigh, he was generous and lent them his own sled. They got the gold medal, while Italy’s Eugenio Monti had to settle for bronze.

The worst games ever

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgThere is some consensus that the worst Games in history were the second, which took place in France in 1900. Because France was not convinced to support this format, financial assistance was almost nil. Not only they were disorganized and lasted five months, but the prizes were donations made by third parties. In most cases being paints. The justification then these paintings have much value. But the real reason was that funding was scarce.

Longer Olympics

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgThe London Olympics in 1908, consisted of the longest Olympic history. They lasted a total of 187 days from April to October, so it spread over six months. Oscar Swahn, 60, became the biggest event ever to win a gold medal person. He succeeded in shooting competition.

Youngest and the oldest medalist

The youngest person to climb a podium at the Olympics was Dimitrios Loundras person in 1896. He earned third place in the gymnastics competition taking just 10 years. In 1920, 12 years after the London Games of 1908, Oscar Swahn returned to win a prize, getting at 72 second in the shooting competition and thus becoming the athlete oldest in history to get on a podium .

Birth of the Olympic torch

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgThere are great traditions of the Olympic Games to be forged only with the passage of time. The use of the Olympic torch but not started until 1936, in the Greek city of Olympia, when a German professor named Carl Diem had the idea to take it to Berlin, where the Games took place then.

Requirements to carry the torch

20+ things you did not know about the Olympic Games - tinoshare.com.jpgAs the torch goes a long way in every Olympics, there are many people that carry it until finally light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony in the host city. The requirements for loading are very simple: you just have to have more than 14 years and the ability to walk 400 meters.

The “black power” 1968

The 1968 Olympics held in Mexico are remembered by the “Black Power” (or black power). Several US athletes raised their fist African roots wrapped in a black glove to receive their medals. It was a complaint of discrimination was happening in their country and they did before the American anthem sounded.

Countries faithful to the summer games

At the moment there are only five countries competed in every Olympic Summer Games of the modern era. Those five countries are: Britain, Greece, France, Sweden and Australia. As color data: today are 85 countries that have never won an Olympic medal. Of course, not including any of the five above have been.

First suspension for doping

Everything has a first time, and there’s a first time for a suspension for doping. He was succeeded to the Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968. He had won the third place in this tough competition, but had to return the medal. He was accused of using external substances; in your bloodstream they found traces of alcohol. His defense was that he felt a little nervous before the competition and so drank two beers.

The first gold … barefoot

The story happened in 1960 and should be the first African athlete to get a gold medal. However, the data that was in memory of all is not that the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila was the first African to win the gold or won the race by a comfortable difference of four minutes … but ran barefoot! For 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds it showed that tanned feet can be as good as any footwear.

Three Games canceled

As the Olympic Games are a multisport event that seeks to bring together a huge amount of nations, it makes sense that has been three games canceled in the history of the modern Olympic Games. In 1916 the competitions because of the First World War were canceled. And the same happened in 1940 and 1944, in these cases due to the occurrence of the Second World War. The following organized games took place in London in 1948 and banned the participation of German athletes because of the recent war.