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Women debut:

Women debut:

Women have been allowed to compete in the Olympics since 1900.

From 1924-1992, the Winter and the Summer Olympics took place in the same year. Now, they’re on separate cycles and alternate every two years.

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The first olympics"

The first olympics"

The first Olympic Games took place in the 8th century B.C. in Olympia, Greece. They were held every four years for 12 centuries. Then, in the 4th century A.D., all pagan festivals were banned by Emperor Theodosius I and the Olympics were no more.

However, the athletic tradition was resurrec...

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Representation of 5 rings

Representation of 5 rings

The five rings of the Olympic symbol – designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the modern Olympic Games – represent the five inhabited continents of the world.

The six colors – blue, yellow, black, green, red, and the white background – were chosen because every nation’s flag c...

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First olympic mascot

First olympic mascot

The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi, the dachshund, at the 1972 Games in Munich.

The 2016 Games in Rio will mark the first time the Olympics are held in South America.

During the 17 days of the 2016 Summer Olympics, 10,500 athletes from 205 countries will rep...

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Two times winner

Two times winner

Only four athletes have won medals in both the Winter and the Summer Olympics. Only one of them, Christa Ludinger-Rothenburger, won medals in the same year.

During the 2012 London Games, the Olympic Village required 165,000 towels for a bit more than two weeks of activity.

The officia...

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Bared body

Bared body

In ancient Greece, athletes didn’t worry about sponsorship, protection, or fashion – they competed naked.

Back then, the games lasted five or six months.

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The spirit of Olympics:

The spirit of Olympics:

There’s always something magical about the Olympics!

Athletes train for years to give their all and deliver the performance of a lifetime – often within a few seconds. We cry happy tears for the winners, sympathize with the losers, yell at the TV, and high-five strangers. E...

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All women athletes

All women athletes

The 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which all participating countries sent female athletes.

The following sports are (sadly) not part of the Olympics anymore: solo synchronized swimming, tug of war, rope climbing, hot air ballooning, dueling pistol, tandem bic...

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Olympic torch lighting ceremony

Olympic torch lighting ceremony

The Olympic torch is lit the old-fashioned way in an ancient ceremony at the temple of Hera, in Greece: Actresses, wearing costumes of Greek priestesses, use a parabolic mirror and sun rays to kindle the torch.

From there, the torch starts its relay to the host city: It is usually carried b...

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Olympic gold medalist-turned-actor

Olympic gold medalist-turned-actor

The famous Tarzan actor competed in the Olympics: Johnny Weissmuller, an athlete-turned-actor who played Tarzan in 12 movies, won five gold medals in swimming in the 1920s.

From 1912-1948, artists participated in the Olympics: Painters, sculptors, architects, writers, and musicians competed...

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Friendship above all

Friendship above all

During the 1936 Berlin Games, two Japanese pole-vaulters tied for second place. Instead of competing again, they cut the silver and bronze medals in half and fused the two different halves together so that each of them had a half-silver and half-bronze medal.

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The first time women took part in the Olympic events was at the 1900 Games in Paris. Back then, women were allowed to compete in five sports: tennis, sailing, croquet, equestrianism, and golf.

The 2012 Games in London were the first in which women competed in all the sport...

Two times winner

Two times winner

Only four athletes have won medals in both the Winter and the Summer Olympics. Only one of them, Christa Ludinger-Rothenburger, won medals in the same year.

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The 1940 and 1944 games

The 1940 and 1944 games

Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan, had been originally set to host the 1940 Olympic Games (summer and winter), making them the first non-Western cities selected to host. But the war between Japan and China started in July 1937 and made the Japanese government decide to lose their right to host the Games.

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