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15 random facts from Olympic Games History

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So guys, 2012 Summer Olympics are just a step away from us so here is a post dedicated to these events. Although we have posted some detailed posts about the current and the oldest Olympic Games too but in this post we are going to gather some random and interesting facts about previous Olympic Games.

15 Random Facts from Olympic History

 

  • Official Olympic Flag was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, with five interconnected rings while each ring symbolizing the five significant continents.
  • Olympic Moto is “Swifter, Higher, Stronger” used since 1921.
  • Olympic Torch was used in ancient Greek Olympics  and is still in use in modern Olympic games, it was first used in modern Olympics in 1928.
  • In Olympics opening ceremony the first team parade is that of Greece team, rest of the teams come in an alphabetical order.
  • First modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, contestants competed in 43 events.
  • Women Athletes were allowed in 1900 Summer Olympics to compete in event.
  • Olympic Games of 1916. 1940 and 1944 were canceled due to World Wars.
  • Unite States has is the highest number of Gold Medals in Olympic History, 1016 Gold medals in total.

    Olympic Torch

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  • United States top the table in Olympics history medal list with a total of 2549 medals, where Soviet Union 1204 on second place and Germany 1099 on third place.
  • Great Briton, France and Switzerland has participated in most number of Olympic events with 46 appearances.
  • Michael Phelps won most gold medals in Olympics history with 14 gold Medals (6 Gold Medals in 2004 Olympics and 8 in 2008 Olympics) in Swimming.
  • Russian Athlete Larisa Latynina has the most number of over all Olympic medals comprising of 18 medal, including 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronzes. He won his medals in gymnastics.
  • 2012 Olympics will be held in London from 27th July to 12th August 2012.
  • This will be third time the England city will host the mega event prior to this games were held here in 1908 & 1948.
  • 1908 Olympic Games took 187 days to last.
   

2012 Summer Olympics London

 

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2012 summer olympics london

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If you are planning to visit London for 2012 Summer Olympics then you’ve come to the right place, as all of you know that 2012 Summer Olympic are scheduled in London.
Millions of people and fans have planned to attend the event to witness the third event in the history of Olympics that is scheduled in London, as previous two took place in 1908 and 1948, so people of London are also going crazy and ready to welcome their guests.

In this post we are going to tell you about everything that is necessary for you if you are attending the event but first of all a short introduction to summer Olympic Games.

Summer Olympic Games:

The Summer Olympic Games is an international event that takes place after every four years, in which thousands of the athletes from more than 200 nations participate in different indoor and outdoor competitions. The word Olympic is derived from Olympia, as the original Olympic games were started in Olympia, Greece in 8th century BC. The modern Olympic games were first hosted by Athens in 1896 where 241 athletes of 14 nations competed in 43 different events.

2012 Summer Olympics , London:

The 30th Summer Olympic games are scheduled from July 27th to August 12th 2012 in London, England. London was elected as a host city for 2012 Summer Olympic after defeating Madrid, Moscow, New York City and Paris. Approximately, 10,500 athletes from 204 Nations shall compete in different sports. Click here for 2012 Summer Olympics Medal Table.

Although it is not yet confirmed that which country is going to lead the points table, but to know about the leading countries in all Olympic Games since 1896, click here.

Venue:
The 2012 Summer Olympics will be played on different historic and new venues, Hyde Park
is one of the historical venues. Mainly the venues are divided into three zones.

All the 26 sports that are going to be played between different Nations during the London Olympics 2012:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Slalom
  • Canoe Sprint
  • Cycling – BMX
  • Cycling – Mountain Bike
  • Cycling – Road
  • Cycling – Track
  • Diving
  • Equestrian – Dressage
  • Equestrian- Eventing
  • Equestrian – Jumping
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics – Artistic
  • Gymnastics – Rhythmic
  • Gymnastics – Trampoline
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Olympic Zone:

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford

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Major competitions that are going to be held in Olympic zone are:

  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Handball
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo

River Zone:

Location: River Thames

River Thames

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Major Competetions that are going to be held in River Zone are:

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Central Zone:

Location: A combination of many venues in central and western London.

central and western London choosen for 2012 olympics

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Major Competetions that are going to be held in River Zone are:

  • Archery
  • Athletics (marathon)
  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Where to buy Tickets:

For Information on buying tickets and their prices you may refer here.

Expected weather of London during 2012 Summer Olympic Games:

Average weather in July and August is from 57 degree Fahrenheit to 75 degree Fahrenheit. Although they are the warmest months in London but the wettest too so try to keep an umbrella with you as rain showers are expected at any time.

Some other top attractions you should visit in London:

  • EDF Energy London Eye
EDF Energy London Eye

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  • Science Museum
Science Museum London

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  • The Tower of London
The Tower of London

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  • British Museum
British Museum London

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Hope you have a nice visit to London for 2012 Olympics Games, have your say in the comments below.