14 Facts About Olympic Summer Games

1. The Olympic Summer Games are governed by the International Olympic Committee, whose headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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2. The Olympic Summer Games were a success, and a second Olympiad, to be held in France, was scheduled.

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3. The London Olympic Summer Games were the first Olympiad wherein each participating country had at least one female athlete competing.

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4. The London Olympic Summer Games' opening ceremonies proved to be one of the festival's highlights.

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5. The Olympic Summer Games were a boon for the host country, as China won more gold medals in a single Olympiad than any other country had since 1988.

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6. The Montreal Olympic Summer Games were a financial disaster, placing a burden of debt on the people of Canada and Quebec that lasted for decades.

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7. The Olympic Summer Games were attended by 112 countries represented by almost 5,500 athletes.

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8. The Olympic Summer Games were televised for the first time, transmitted by closed circuit to specially equipped theatres in Berlin.

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9. The Olympic Summer Games were attended by approximately 2,400 athletes representing 28 countries.

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10. The London Olympic Summer Games were the first to be organized by the various sporting bodies concerned and the first to have an opening ceremony.

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11. The Olympic Summer Games suffered from poor organization and marketing, with events conducted over a period of five months in venues that often were inadequate.

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12. The Olympic Summer Games were the first time mainland China participated.

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13. The Olympic Summer Games were integrated with the Paris World's Fair and lasted over 5 months.

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14. The Olympic Summer Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date.

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