Olympic gold medals are only 1% gold and 92.5% silver. They would be worth over $25k if they were pure gold but instead the medal value is only approximately $600.
Architecture, painting, poetry, music, literature, all used to be part of the Olympic Games.
Olympians who took home a bronze medal are happier than those that won a silver. Silver medalists are disappointed to have come so close to being the best, bronze medalists are happy just to have made it to the awards podium.
Pistol dueling with wax bullets was a popular pastime in the early 20th century and even featured as a sport in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
The idea of having the Olympic torch run from ancient Olympia to the host country was invented by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin Summer Games.
Medals won by US Olympians are considered earned income and therefore subjected to an IRS taxation – up to 39%.
Luxembourg’s gold medal at the 1952 Olympics was so unexpected that the organizers had neglected to give the band a score for their national anthem. The musicians “hurriedly improvised a tune which bore little resemblance to the Luxembourg anthem”.
Félix Carbajal, a Cuban Olympic marathon runner in 1904, ran in cut-off trousers, a long-sleeve shirt and a beret. He stopped to eat some apples, got stomach cramps, had a nap, then kept running, to place fourth. The winner, Thomas Hicks, used brandy and rat poison to assist his victory.