History of the birth and development of the Olympic Games (Part 2)

Fun facts about the Olympics

1. The official flag of the Olympic Games

Created in 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic flag consists of five circles representing five continents connected on a white background. The circles from left to right are: blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors chosen are due to at least one of them appearing on the flags of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown in the 1920 Olympics.

2. The slogan of the Olympic

In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, as the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius.

3. Oath of the Olympic

Pierre de Coubertin wrote an oath for athletes to read at each Olympics. The first oath was taken by Belgian fencing athlete Victor Boin during the 1920 Olympic Games. At each opening ceremony, one athlete on behalf of all the athletes read the oath: ” In the name of all the players, I promise that we will participate in Olympic competitions, respect and adhere to the principles of the Olympic Executive Committee, in the spirit of sport for the glory of sports. and the honor of the teams that play us. “

4. Real gold medal

In Olympic history, the last real Olympic gold medal was awarded in 1912.

5. Medals

A Olympic medal is designed to be unique to each host country. A medal must have a size which are at least 3mm thick and 60mm in diameter. In addition, the Olympic gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5% silver, with gold medals plated with 6grams of gold.

6. Song of the Olympics The Olympic song, or Olympic song, is a song composed by Spyros Samaras based on the lyrics of a poem by the Greek poet and writer Kostis Palamas. The song was first performed at the First Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. But since 1958 the song has been publicly released as the official song for the Olympic Games. The host countries of each Olympics often translate songs into their own languages.