Olympic Games facts

Some facts about Olympic Games

» Olympic Games is derived from the word Jeux olympiques.
» Olympic games were started in 776 B.C. on Mount Olympus in the honour of Greek God 'Zeus'.
» Modem Olympic Games were started in Athens in 1896 after the formation of International Olympic Committee in 1894. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was its founder, who is also known to be the Father of Modern Olympics.
» Olympic games are organised after every four years.
» In the flag of Olympics, there is a symbol of five colored circles In the flag joining each other.
» The flag of Olympic Games was recognized in the year 1913 and was hoisted first time in the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920.
» The tradition to lit the Olympic flame was started in Amsterdom, Olympic Games in 1928.
» The Head office of International Olympic Committee is in Lusane (Switzerland).
» Participation of women in the Olympic games started in the Second Olympic Games in 1900.
» In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin borrowed a Latin phrase for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) and used it for the first time in 1924 Paris Olympics.
» James B. Connolly (United States), winner of hop, step, and jump (the first final event of 1896 Olympics), was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic games.
» First Indian player who participated in the Olympic games was an Anglo Indian 'Norman Prichard', who took part in the Second Olympic Games in 1900 and won two Silver medals in Athletics.
» Marrie Lila Ro is 1st Indian woman participant in the Olympic games.
» International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 at "Chakhon".
» Pentathlete Hans-Grunner Liljenwall of Sweden was the first athlete to be disqualified for drug use.
» First Olympic mascot with a name was Waldi, the dachshund (1972 Munich Olympics)
» Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940 and 1944.

» Generally, in the inaugural ceremony of Olympic games the team of Greece got first place and host team is placed in the last in March Past parade. The teams of other places are placed in the alphabetical order of English alphabets.
» The first woman referee in the football was a Canadian lady Sonia Denancord in (Atlanta Olympics).
» The maximum no. of gold medal winner sports woman is Larina Lavyanina. She won 18 medals including 9 gold medals.
» The maximum gold medal winner sports woman is Christina Otty. She got 6 gold medals in swimming in Seoul Olympic of 1986.
» The maximum gold medal winner male player in an Olympic is Michael Phelps of USA. He won 8 gold medals in swimming in the Beijing Olympics 2008.