At the 1900 Paris Olympics, the winners received valuable works of art instead of gold medals
Native American groups have talked about creating their own team since a Mohawk lacrosse team competed for Canada in the 1904 Summer Olympics. Stew Young last led a movement to create North American Indigenous Olympic team in 2006.
The first man to finish the 1904 Olympics marathon rode in a car most of the way. The winner was carried across the finish line after ingesting poison. Fourth place took a nap en route. One of the two first black Olympians came in ninth after being chased a mile off course by wild dogs.
Certain medals at the 2014 winter Olympics will contain fragments of the meteorite which hit Russia.
Until 1936, Liechtenstein and Haiti were unknowingly using the same flag, and they didn’t find out until they competed against each other in the Olympics.
Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to LA for the 1932 Olympics, so loaded them onto a ship full of coffee and made them sell it on the way.