60,000 meals will be made each day to feed competitors

Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics Games from 5 to 21 August 2016. This makes it the first South American country to have ever hosted the Games. So we’ve put together a few other facts that you might not have been aware of

 

1 – A refugee team will be allowed to compete under the banner of the Olympic flag at the Rio Games. Up to 10 athletes will be allowed to compete after fleeing their countries.

112 – Golf will return to the Olympics after a 112 year absence. It has only featured at two previous games – 1900 and 1904.

0 – No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games

393AD – This was the year that the early Olympics Games was banned for being a pagan festival as it honoured the Greek god Zeus. French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin called for a revival of the tradition and in 1896 the first Olympics Summer Games took place in Greece.

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Carl Schuhmann (left) from Germany was the most successful athlete at the inaugural Olympic Games in 1896. He competed in wrestling, gymnastics and weightlifting.

 

18 –  Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina’s holds the record for winning the most amount of medals in history at a Summer Olympic Games.

1948 – Was the year that the first Paralympics took place. It was held in London for wounded war veterans.

60,000 – This is the amount of meals that will be made per day to help feed the athletes at the Rio Olympic Games.

The mascots Vinicius (left) and Tom for the Rio Games. They were named after two Latin American musicians.
The mascots Vinicius (left) and Tom for the Rio Games. They were named after two Latin American musicians.

 

10 – The youngest medal winner at the Olympics was Greek gymnast Dimitrous Loundras. At the age of 10 he won bronze in the 1896 Olympics. He went on to become an admiral in the Greek Navy.

66 –  After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, 66 nations boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

556242 31.07.1980 Серебряный призер в беге на 800 метров среди мужчин Себастьян Коэ (Великобритания, № 254). Центральный стадион имени В.И. Ленина в Лужниках. XXII летние Олимпийские игры в Москве. Юрий Сомов/РИА Новости
Seb Coe taking the silver medal for Great Britain in the 800m at the Moscow Games in 1980. He is now President of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF)

 

104 – Team USA scooped 46 golds and 104 medals overall at the London 2012 Olympics, which put them at the top of the medal table. They plan to beat this score in 2016.

 

 

Main image: French cyclists at the 1896 games in Greek by Albert Meyer.

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