Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Few Olympic Games Facts and Figures

First Ancient Olympic Games: 776 BC Olympia, Greece.

Last Ancient Olympic Games: 393 AD Olympia, Greece - banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius from then on - Games were seen as a Pagan relic.

First head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC): Frenchman Pierre Baron de Coubertin was its first head and a key figure in the revival of the modern games.

Olympic motto: Citius Altius Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger.

Sports at the First Modern Olympic Games (Athens 1896): Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting, and Wrestling

First Modern Olympic Games with female competitors: Paris (1900)

Number of Countries at Beijing Olympics (2008): 203

Newest Country at the Olympic Games: Marshall Islands

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