New Delhi: On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a tragically missing practice of old Greece, were renewed in Athens after 1,500 years in the wake of being prohibited by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. In 1892, Pierre de Coubertin genuinely proposed restoring the Olympics as a significant global competition that would happen in every 4 years.
On Tuesday, the modern Olympics Games completed its 125 years. Let’s read some interesting facts about the modern Olympic Games.
Do you know that the winner of the First Modern Olympic games did not receive a gold medal? In the year 1896, the winner of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens did not receive a gold medal and he was awarded the silver medal and with an olive branch and the runner-up received the copper medal with laurel branches. At the third Olympic Games in 1904, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were introduced.
The Olympic rings represent the union of the five continents and also express the activity of the Olympics movements. It was created in 1913 with five coloured rings with a white background representing the flags of all nations at that time, without deviation.
One of the heartwarming moments in the history of the Olympics was from 1936, Berlin Olympics, Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for second place and after that, they refused to compete against each other and then they decided to cut the two medals in half and paste half Silver and half bronze into one.
Have you ever wondered why Olympians bite their medals? Athletes check its purity by biting medals. They will leave a bite mark on its surface to check whether it is gold-plated as by doing so the gold on the surface might scarpe off.
The man who ran barefoot: Abebe Bikila won the Olympics marathon in 1960 at the Rome Olympic Games. He was the major talking point and also he was the first East African to win a medal.
In 2012, London Olympics, was the first wherein women competed in all sports which included Boxing also. First time in history, women were not barred from a single sport and all-female athletes from all nations took part.