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Curious facts about five Olympic games Editions

Since Paris until Montreal: Interesting facts you must know about Olympic games


What to know about Olympic games?

 

As you know, Olympic games origin takes back to Ancient Greece with the Ancient Olympic Games. Many years later, in the 19th century, the first Olympic games edition was held in Atenas.

Since then, Olympic games have been a remarkable event that we can see each four years. Let’s find out about some curiosities of several Olympic games editions that were significant through Olympics history.

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  2. PARIS 1924: Paris hosted once again the olympic games in honor of the retirement of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who is succeeded by Henri de Baillet-Latour. Argentina participated for the first time in the Games and presents a delegation of 93 athletes.
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  4. Through Pedro Quartucci, Argentina won its first Olympic medal in boxing. It is bronze and in the feather category. Meanwhile, Juan Nelson, Enrique Padilla, Arturo Kenny and Juan Miles win the first gold medal in the history of Polo.
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  6. On the other hand, Uruguay won the gold medal in soccer after defeating Switzerland 3-0 in the final. On July 10, Finland's Paavo Nürmi won two gold medals in athletics (totaling five) in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters in a span of one and a half hours. Johnny Weismüller (only 20 years old) won two gold medals and a bronze medal in swimming, prior to his future role as Tarzan in the movies.
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  8. Then, 1,000 journalists were accredited. In addition, the number of participating countries had increased from 29 to 44, with 3,092 athletes (2,956 men and 136 women) competing in 126 events.
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  10. At the closing ceremony, the practice of raising the flags of the IOC, the organizing country and the next host country is established. The performance of the British Harold Abrahams and Erik Liddle would give rise to the film "Chariots of Fire".
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  12. LOS ANGELES 1932: For the second time, the Games had been held in the United States. 1,408 athletes (1,281 men and 127 women) from 37 countries competed in 117 events. This is the lowest participation of athletes since 1904 due to the economic depression of 1929. The United States was the delegation that got the most medals with 44 gold medals.
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  14. The level of competition was high, and 18 world records were broken and equaled. In swimming, in the 400-meter freestyle, the American Clarence Linde Crabbe had won, who would later play Tarzan in the movies, but who would become popular as Flash Gordon.
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  16. For the first time, the Olympic Village came up, although it is only for men. More than 100,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony and for the first time the Olympic Games were held over 16 days. Carl Westergren, a Swedish policeman, won two gold medals in wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.
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  18. The stars are 18-year-old American Mildred "Babe" Didrikson, who had won in 80-meter hurdles, javelin throw and high jump, and swimmer Helene Madison, who won three gold medals and celebrates by dancing the night away with actor Clarke Gable.
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  20. Argentine Juan Carlos Zabala won the most famous event, the marathon, and sets a new Olympic record.
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  22. LONDON 1948: The Olympic games were held again, after the forced absence in 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War.
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  24. There were no German, Japanese (banned by the War) and Soviet athletes (their country had not recovered from the damage caused by the conflict), although the first participation of countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Syria, among others, took place.
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  26. Furthermore, Argentina participated with the largest delegation in its history: 242 athletes. They were the first televised Games.
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  28. With a low budget but with the largest influx of athletes up to that moment, 4,099 athletes (3,714 men and 385 women) from 59 countries compete in 136 specialties. The United States wins every medal in swimming.
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  30. Fanny Blankers-Koen, a 30-year-old mother of two, is one of the stars, winning four gold medals in track and field (100 and 200 meters, 80 meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay). French concert pianist Micheline Ostermeyer wins two gold medals in shot put and discus.
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  32. Hungarian Karoly Tavacs was a member of the world champion shooting team in 1938 when a grenade explosion shattered his right shooting hand. Ten years later, he won the gold medal in rapid-fire pistol using his left hand.
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  34. And Czechoslovakian Emil Zatopek wins the 10,000 meters and comes second in the 5,000. John Mark lights the Olympic flame. The winner of the 200-meter race and one of the members of the 4x100 meter relay was Melvin Patton, the son of General George Patton, famous for his performance in World War II, which had just ended.
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  36. MEXICO 1968: This time to Mexico City, which was the debut for Latin American countries. The choice for this venue had generated great controversy since the city is located 2,300 meters above sea level and has 30 percent less oxygen than in the plains.
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  38. The lack of air causes inconveniences for athletes in long-distance races. However, numerous world records are broken in races shorter than 400 meters and in the long jump. In this discipline, the American Bob Beamon established a mark of 8.90 meters that would be maintained for 22 years.
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  40. Femininity tests are performed for the first time. Mexican Enriqueta Basilio is the first woman to light the Olympic flame. So, the Olympic Games were used by some athletes to vindicate the rights of blacks in the United States under the slogan "black power".
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  42. Tom Smith and John Carlos, when they stepped onto the podium in the 200 meters, do so without sneakers, wearing black socks and a black glove on one of their hands. When raising the flag of their country, they lower their heads and raise their gloved fists.
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  44. A new style of high jump, with their backs to the pole, "patented" by American Richard Fosbury, who wins the gold medal, appears. Poland's Eulalia Rolinska and Peru's Gladys Seminario are the first women to compete in shooting.
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  46. The most popular athlete of the olympic games is Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska, who, after the Soviet invasion of her country two months before the Games, had been in hiding for three weeks.
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  48. This did not prevent her from winning four gold medals and two silver medals against the same Soviets. Among the men, the American Al Oerter wins the discus throw for the fourth time. In 1968, the first disqualification for doping occurs when the Swede Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, who competed in the modern pentathlon, tests positive for excess alcohol.
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  50. Athletics, cycling, rowing, swimming and equestrian events had been timed manually and electronically.
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  52. The latter is considered the official time. 5,530 athletes (4,750 men and 780 women) from 112 countries compete in 172 events.
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  54. MONTREAL 1976: Sandra Henderson and Stéphane Préfontaine, two athletes aged 15 and 16 respectively, light the Olympic flame. Some African delegations request the exclusion of New Zealand because its rugby team had played against South Africa, a country excluded from the IOC for its racist policies.
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  56. The IOC did not accept the pressure, rejected the request and, as a result, 24 African countries withdrew from the competition. For the first time, women participate in basketball, rowing and handball.
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  58. Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, 14, obtains the first ever 10 on uneven bars. She went on to receive that mark six more times to win three gold, one silver and one bronze medal and become a milestone in her sport.
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  60. Fellow Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto breaks his leg while performing his floor exercise routine, keeps his injury a secret and continues to compete because his team is in a close battle with the Soviets for the gold.
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  62. As a result of her sacrifice, Japan takes the title in the team competition. Poland's Irena Szewinska (400 meters) wins her seventh medal in five different events. Soviet Boris Orischenko is caught cheating in the fencing event: by means of an electric device, he managed to make his sword's blows appear in his favor.
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  64. In the middle of the Cold War, systematic doping is suspected due to the number of world records produced. East Germany wins 11 of 13 events in women's swimming. Cuban athlete Alberto Juantorena is the first to win the 400 and 800 meters. Hungary's Miklos Németh triumphs in the javelin throw.
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  66. His father, Imre, had also achieved a similar victory, taking the honor in the hammer throw at London '48. Boxer Clarence Hill, from Bermuda, is the medalist from the least populous nation (53,500 inhabitants) in the history of the Olympic Games: he takes bronze.
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  68. Finland's Lasse Viren wins the 5,000 and 10,000 meters for the second consecutive time. However, in his first marathon race he finished fifth and could not emulate Emil Zatopek.
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  70. A total of 6,028 athletes (5,781 men and 1,247 women) from 92 countries are participating, competing in 198 events.
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