Olympic Games Facts
The Phillippines has competed in the most summer Olympics (20) without winning a gold medal.
The 1912 Olympics was the last time that gold medals were solid gold.
At the first modern Olympics, winners were awarded silver medals.
The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.
Liechtenstein has competed in the most summer Olympics (16) without winning any medal.
Tug of war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.
The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
There have been three Olympic games held in countries that no longer exist.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
China did not win an Olympic medal until 1984. At the 2008 Beijing games, the chinese won 100 medals.
Greece is the only country to have participated in every olympics under its own flag.
Speed skater Bonnie Blair has won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games. That's more than any other American athlete.
No Olympic steeplechase silver medalist, male or female, has lived past the age of 41.
Chris Evert won 125-straight matches on clay, from aug. 12, 1973 to may 12, 1979. Amazingly though, that run included just two French Open titles.
Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896.
Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).
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