The Olympic games are the world’s most famous international sports event. Olympics are a tradition, a place where heroes are made and where world records had been set. The participants participate with glory, pride and are eager to achieve their dreams. To be a gold-winner means to obtain an Olympic glory. As it was mentioned, it is not easy to become the hero among all of the competitors.
Every gold medal means another acknowledgement that you deserve to be the best. To honor the Olympics, in this article we will share some interesting facts about the games throughout the history. Ready, set, go!
- Ancient Olympic Games
Did you know that the Ancient Olympics were a religious gathering? It was created to celebrate the Greek Gods, especially to honor Zeus. The Olympics were first held in Olympia around 2700 years ago. The first sports included five disciplines: wrestling, running, discus, long jump and javelin. All of the participants were bare naked, completely nude. The winners of the game were allowed to marry rich women, attend every party, get the best theatre seats and they get free meals. Women were not allowed to participate in the games, and married women were not even allowed to watch the games. Women had a different festival in Greece, similar to the Olympic Games, which was named “Heria”, in the honor of Hera, Zeus wife. Only unmarried girls were allowed to play. Another interesting fact is that in Ancient Greece, women were not allowed to practise sports, unless they were Spartans.
- The first African golden medal
The first African to win a medal did it barefoot! Shoe companies might have very persuasive commercials, but they did not work on Abebe Bikkila from Ethiopia. In 1960, in Rome, Bikkila won the gold medal for long distance running barefoot. This is a proof that you don’t need an expensive footwear to win. Making a difference does not require money.
- The hardest earned medal
Kerry Strung, a Japanese gymnast, won the hardest medal ever in the Olympics. The day before the final competition he broke his kneecap. In order to win the gold, he had to perform a top-notch performance the next day. Without the usage of painkillers, String did a nearly perfect routine, without many flaws. When he struck the landing, he put a tremendous amount of pressure on his kneecap. He held his position for the judges and then he collapsed in extreme agony. He performed so well that Japan won the gold medal!
- The actual distance of the running circle is 26 miles and 385 yards
Do you have any clue why? Before the 1908 marathon, the official distance was 26 miles. Why were the 385 yards added? Because of the royal family. The organisers of the games decided that the royal family needed a better view of the finish line. So, they added an extra 385 yards and the line finished in front of the royal family box. What a great way to have privileges, right? I want to be a member of the royals also.
- What are the gold medals made of?
I bet you thought gold. Well, sorry to disappoint you. The name can be quite deceptive. The gold medals are not entirely made from pure gold. Actually, they haven’t been made from pure gold in the previous 100 years. They are made from silver, with a gold cover. I don’t think it bothers the athletes. It probably doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t plan to melt it and sell it.
You should try to work hard and sign up for the Olympics. Who knows what kind of a record you can make. Even if you don’t win a medal, you might always be responsible for creating some facts that are going to stick throughout history.