Fact of the Day
Portugal's Francisco Lazaro collapsed from dehydration during the men's marathon at Stockholm 1912. Tragically, he died the next day at the Serafimer Hospital of heat exhaustion.
The Olympics in London in 1908 prompted the establishment of standard rules, as well as the selection of judges from different countries, instead of only the host nation, to officiate at the Games. The controversial men's 400 metres final also resulted in the formation of the International Amateur Athletics Federation, the purpose of which was to set uniform worldwide rules for athletics.
Lee Lai Shan made history at Atlanta 1996 by winning Hong Kong's first-ever gold medal when she won the women's sailboard event.
The official theme music of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta was "Summon the Heroes" by John Williams, his third composition at a Games. However, the official song of Atlanta 1996 was "Reach" sung by Gloria Estefan at the Closing Ceremony.
The 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles were the shortest to date, lasting 16 days. Between Paris 1900 and Amsterdam 1928, no Games lasted less than 79 days. Since 1932, no Games has lasted longer than 18 days. The 1896 Athens Olympics lasted only nine days.
Baseball was voted out of the programme for London 2012 at the IOC Session in Singapore on July 7, 2005, becoming the first sport to be voted out of the Olympics since polo was withdrawn from Berlin 1936.
The tennis tournament at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm started on June 26 and was completed one day before the Opening Ceremony.
Total ticket revenues for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin amounted to 7.5 million marks, with a profit in excess of 1 million marks.
At the 1932 Games in Los Angeles, 14-year-old Kusuo Kitamura of Japan won the men's 1500m freestyle swimming gold medal in a time of 19min 12.40sec, to become the youngest male in any sport ever to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Games.
The 1912 Olympics in Stockholm were the first that athletes from Japan participated in.
In addition to a medal, the winning athletes at Berlin 1936 were presented with a winner's crown and an oak tree in a pot.
The 350 miles of cabling being used in the venues for London 2012 could wrap the circumference of the London Eye 1.3 million times.
Beginning in 1994, the winter Olympic Games were held in completely different years (two years apart) than the summer Games.
Four Boeing 747 jumbo jets could have fitted side by side in the Olympic Stadium in Australia.
The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek root "gymnos" meaning nude. Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.