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Olympic Trivia

1)In November 2002, the IOC decided at its Extraordinary Session in Mexico City, to curb the growth of the Olympic programme and limit the number of sports in the Games of the Olympiad to 28. At the same time, the number of events was limited to 301 and the number of athletes to 10,500.

2) James B. Connolly (United States), winner of the hop, step, and jump (the first final event in the 1896 Olympics), was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games.

3)In 1900, Australian Donald MacIntosh came third in the live pigeon shooting event, the first and only time animals were killed on purpose in an Olympic event. Donald won by killing 21 of the birds.

4) Between 1896 and 2008, the Olympic programme has expanded considerably. From 43 medals in nine sports awarded at the first edition in Athens, the Games of the Olympiad will have 302 events in 28 sports in 2008: 165 men’s, 127 women’s and 10 mixed.

5) Rowing was on the programme of the 1896 Games, but the events were cancelled because of adverse weather conditions. This discipline was included for the first time at the Munich Games in 1972. It was excluded from the Olympic programme between 1976 and 1988, but returned in 1992.

6) Before 1952, only men participated in equestrian events at the Olympic Games. All riders had to be military athletes, in fact officers. These restrictions were lifted in 1952, since then men and women have competed against each other in the same events.

7) Handball was introduced (on grass) at the Berlin Games in 1936. It was then removed from the programme before reappearing in its current form (indoors) in Munich in 1972.

8) Since 1920, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling have been two separate competitions. Prior to that date (apart from 1908), only one style was included, usually Greco-Roman.

9) Tennis was included in the Olympic programme from 1896 to 1924. It was reintroduced in 1988.

10) Women participated in shooting events for the first time in 1968, in mixed events. It is only since the Atlanta Games in 1996 that the programme has included separate men’s and women’s events.

11) Archery was an Olympic sport several times between 1900 and 1920, before disappearing from the Olympic programme for more than 50 years. It was reintroduced at the Munich Games in 1972.

12) Women have always competed in the mixed Olympic sailing events, but separate women’s events were introduced in 1988.

13) The Indian Hockey Team was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation. From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men's team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, garnering six gold medals in a row.

14) 0) The first man to swim the 1,500-metre freestyle in less than 18 minutes was Australian swimmer Murray Rose. He won six Olympic medals.

15)Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya won an overall record seven medals at the 1952 Olympic Games.

16) When Australia won the right to host the Olympics in the year 2000, it forced the homeless and poor out of Sydney, so rich overseas tourists would not have to look on poor people, and to hide from the world Australias shocking homeless problem.

17) Because of the outbreak of world wars, the modern Olympics did not hold competitions in 1916, 1940, and 1944.

18) In 1896 Olympics, only first and second place finishers of the Olympics were awarded medals. The winners received silver medals and crowns of olive branches, while second place finishers received bronze medals.

19) In 1912 in Stockholm, the first electric timing devices and public address system was used at the Olympics.

20) In 648 B.C., horses were first introduced into sports with the entrance of riders in the Olympic Games.

21) In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team representing the host nation always marches last.

21) Iranian women competed in the Olympics for the first time at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

22)Korea marched under a single flag at the 27th Olympiad at Sydney, Australia, the first time in Olympic history.

23)London has hosted the Olympic Summer Games twice, 1908 and 1948 and will host the 2012 Olympic games.

24) The 1964 Tokyo games was the first time the Olympics were held by a non-Western nation. This was the also the first Olympics in which South Africa was barred from taking part due to racial discrimination in its sports. For the first time, the games were telecast to the United States using the first geostationary communication satellite called Syncom 3. It became the first television program to cross the Pacific Ocean.

25) The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus).

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Medals Tally (Beijing 2008)
Country G S B T
1. China 51 21 28 100
2. USA 36 38 36 110
3. Russia 23 21 28 72
4. Britain 19 13 15 47
5. Germany 16 10 15 41
6. Australia 14 15 17 46
7. S Korea 13 10 8 31
8. Japan 9 6 10 25
9. Italy 8 10 10 28
10. France 7 16 17 40
50. India 1 0 2 3
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Medals Tally ( Athens 2004)
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