Did you know…? 10 Facts about the Olympic Games


All eyes are on Sochi as the games are well into their second week. Every Olympic game has their surprises, controversies and stand-out moments. Below is a list of 10 interesting facts about the Olympic games that you may not know about. We can’t wait to see the final results, and find out where Team USA ranks amongst the world’s finest athletes.

  1. The games have grown. At the first Winter Games in Chamonix, France 1924 only 16 countries participated with 258 athletes in 6 sports. the 2014 Sochi Games have 88 nations, with over 2,800 athletes in 7 sports. Source
  2. There are two countries in the top 10 medal count of all time, that don’t even exist anymore. The Soviet Union with 194 winter medals (rank 3) and East Germany with 110 winter medals (rank 10 overall). Source
  3. There is only one person who has ever won gold at both the Winter and Summer Olympics, Eddie Eagan. In the 1920 Antwerp Games he won gold in light-heavyweight boxing and during the 1932 Lake Placid Games was part of the 4-men bobsled team.  Source
  4. If there is any country you should bet your money on for Winter games, its Norway. They have over 300 winter medals and 107 of them are gold, the lead for medal count and gold count. Source
  5. Though the USA send hundreds of athletes to compete, some nations only have one participant. These 18 nations have just one athlete representing them in Sochi. They are: Zimbabwe*, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste*, Malta*, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Venezuela, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nepal, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Paraguay*, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Philippines and Tonga*. * First time at the Winter Games. Source
  6. Gold medals aren’t made out of gold anymore, at least not all of it. 1912 was the last year the gold medals were pure. This year you will only find 6 grams of gold and 516 grams of silver in the “gold” medals. Source
  7. The Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” translated means “Faster, Higher, Stronger” proposed by Pierre de Coubertin. Coubertin is considered to be the father of the modern games and originally heard the phrase from Dominican priest Henri Didon. Source
  8. The Sochi Games will be the United States’ first Olympics in the country. We did not attend the first Winter Olympics hosted in Russia (1980) because Team USA boycotted the Soviet Union and protested their invasion of Afghanistan. Source
  9. The Olympics have 5 rings because there are 5 major regions in the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana. The colors – blue, yellow, black, green and red – represent at least one color on every nation’s flag from across the globe. Source
  10. The 4th-8th place finishers do not receive a medal but a diploma for their participation and efforts in the game. Source

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