Odd Facts About the Olympics

So you’re glued to the screen watching swimming and women’s gymnastics.  Soccer is boring and you wonder why football isn’t an Olympic sport. Here are some Odd Facts that might liven up your Olympic viewing.

The first modern Olympic Games were at Athens in 1896. Silver medals were awarded to the winners. Second place got a bronze medal and third place went home to sulk. Speaking of Greece. They are the only country to participate under they’re own flag in every Olympics since 1896.

In 1900, pigeon shooting was an Olympic sport. Yes, live pigeons. More athletes than spectators attended the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.

For the first time, women outnumber men participating in the London Games.  No women competed in 1896, as de Coubertin felt that their inclusion would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.” In 1900, Paris hosted the Olympics and World’s Fair at the same time.  Women participated in sporting events in both.  To this day it’s hard to determine which was which.  For the record, it has been agreed that tennis and golf were the first official female events.

Women competed in swimming events for the first time in 1912, but none of them were from America, which did not allow its female athletes to compete in events without long skirts.

In 1928, women competed in track and field events for the first time; however, so many collapsed at the end of the 800-meter race that the event was banned until 1960.

There are only two Olympic sports where men and women compete directly against each other; equestrian and sailing, though in sailing it is only now one event. Tennis (in early Games in since 2012) and Badminton (since 1996) have mixed doubles events.

In 1976, the East German women’s swim team were men. Or so it was rumored for years. With the fall of Communism, East German documents revealed that they were in fact women pumped chock full of male steroids. The medals they won have yet to be revoked.

Yordan Yovchev, President of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation.

Yordan Yovchev is the current President of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation. He was elected flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony and has qualified for the finals in the Rings.  2012 is his sixth Olympics. He has medaled four time.  He won silver in the men’s rings at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In the same Olympic Games, Yovchev won bronze in the men’s floor exercise. In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, he won the bronze on both floor exercise and still rings. He is 39.

The medals being awarded at the 2012 Olympics are being securely stored in the Tower of London.

The only summer sports that have never been absent from the Olympic program are athletics, swimming, fencing, and gymnastics.Some sports that are no longer in the Olympics are in part

  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Rugby
  • Tug of War
  • Water Motorsports


  • General George S. Patton- 1912 Pentathlon
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock-1920 Rowing
  • Princess Anne of England-1976 Equestrian
  •  Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan on TV)- 1924 and 1928. Swimming with 5 gold and a bronze.
  • Geena Davis-2000 Archery.
  • Hershel Walker- 1992  Two Man Bobsled
  • Senator Bill Bradley- 1964 Basketball
  • Larry “Buster” Crabbe- 1928. Swimming. Winning a gold and a bronze.
  • Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell- 1964 Judo


World War Two had ended just three years prior. London was slated to host the 1944 Games which were cancelled due to the War.  Although the United States was vieing to host, the Olympic Committee voted to allow London to reapply and was accepted to host the 48 Games.

London was still in rubble from German bombings. More than a million people were homeless. But without building a single thing, London hosted the Olympics.  Athletes were given cots in army barracks, ate in the mess halls and were asked to bring their own towels.  Food was at a premium so visiting nations pitched in.  Hungary brought 20,000 lemons. Denmark brought 160,000 eggs.  The French brought wine which the British government would not allow so the French team stayed aboard ship.

Germany and Japan did not attend.








Yeah, we’re going there. So load up your favorite beverages (even soda or milk) and cheer away.  Print out this Official Lucky Puppy Olympics Bingo Card.  I you see or hear something on the card, DRINK!!!  Have a lot of fun with this but please don’t drive drunk.

Don’t Drink and Drive.
Official Booze of the XXX Olympics.

Did anyone else find it ironic that during the part of the Olympic opening ceremony that was dedicated to the national health care system, they played the theme to The Exorcist?

Just read that the Olympic athletes are being provided with over 100,000 condoms.Let’s see some of that on MSNBC.

If it’s the XXX Olympics why isn’t anyone naked?


Unless you’re from North Korea. Then Run, you got out of the country, run and never go back.

For the London Olympics, Quidditch will be a demonstration sport.

That Olympic road-race posed one crucial question to me: how many cameras can one Japanese man own!?

I cannot describe how disappointed I am that the Congo weren’t in single file in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Team Great Britain – The empire strikes back.

Wasn’t great to see the Germans march into the stadium? No mean feat since they’ve been trying to since 1940.

The Cubans and the Somalians are favored to fight for the gold in sailing.

The Greece is in the Olympics. Afterwards they’re going to drive cabs until they can pay for the trip home.

Sat here in my house built by the Polish, on my French sofa, eating an Italian pizza made by American company Dominoes, watching the Olympics (Greek) on my Japanese TV, writing this on my Chinese computer.

God I’m proud to be British!