EVEN MORE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE OLYMPICS
Added on: 2nd May 2015
The gold medals in the 2012 Olympics were the biggest and
heaviest medals ever although they are mostly made of silver
(only about 1.5% of gold)
CRACKDOWN ON STREAKING
Anyone caught streaking at the 2012 Olympics would have been
LOTS OF COMPETITION
The 2012 Olympics will had 10,500 athletes competing.
The modern Olympic torch has its beginnings in the 1936 Olympics in
Berlin. Hitler and his regime reintroduced the ancient concept
supposedly for the publicity and propaganda.
FIRE AND WATER
The Olympic torch is designed for rugged terrain and was even taken
underwater passed the Great Barrier Reef during the 2000 Olympics in Australia
A LONG JOURNEY
The 2012 Olympic torch travelled 8000 miles around the UK
which is more than twice the width of the United States.
The most extreme measures ever taken to transport the torch occurred
during the 1976 Olympics. It was literally beamed across the ocean by
radio signal from Athens after which the signal triggered a laser that
lit the torch.
AS THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHED
For the 2012 Olympics over 4 billion people watched the opening ceremony.
That’s well over half of the world’s population.