34 Facts About Summer Olympic Games

1. The Berlin Summer Olympic Games have become associated in many people's minds with the African American athlete Jesse Owens.

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2. World War I prevented the Summer Olympic Games meeting of 1916, and World War II the 1940 and 1944 meetings.

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3. The Berlin Summer Olympic Games have become closely associated in the popular imagination with the African American athlete Jesse Owens.

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4. The Summer Olympic Games attracted a relatively small competitive field, with about 240 athletes competing in 43 events.

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5. In 1972, when the Summer Olympic Games were held in Munich, West Germany, eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the terrorist group Black September.

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6. The St Louis Summer Olympic Games hosted 650 athletes, but 580 were from the United States.

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7. The Winter Summer Olympic Games were created for ice and snow sports.

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8. The London Summer Olympic Games were considered successful, and 25 of the venues were not permanent structures which were demolished after the games.

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9. The Summer Olympic Games accelerated Beijing's development into a world class city.

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10. The Summer Olympic Games were regarded more as a pagan celebration, and in 393 AD, the Emperor Theodosius banned them completely.

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

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

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13. The Summer Olympic Games are contests between individuals and not between countries.

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14. The Summer Olympic Games featured a new-record 205 participating national Olympic committees, with over 11,000 athletes competing in 42 sports.

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

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16. The London Summer Olympic Games featured more than 10,500 athletes who participated in 302 events in 36 sports.

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

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18. The Summer Olympic 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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19. The Summer Olympic Games were hurt by rowdy behaviour from spectators, cheating by officials, and security so intrusive that winners in track events were physically prevented from taking victory laps.

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20. The Montreal Summer Olympic 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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21. The Summer Olympic Games were attended by 112 countries represented by almost 5,500 athletes.

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

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

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24. The London Summer Olympic 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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25. The Summer Olympic 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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26. The Summer Olympic Games were named for their location at Olympia, a sacred site located near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece.

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27. The Summer Olympic Games used to span months, starting in the spring and ending in the fall.

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28. The most recent Winter Summer Olympic Games were held in Pyeongchang in 2018, South Korea's first Winter Olympics and second Olympics overall.

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29. The Summer Olympic Games attracted a broad international field of participants and generated great public interest.

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30. The Summer Olympic Games brought together 14 nations and 241 athletes who competed in 43 events.

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

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32. In contrast with Paris 1900, the word Summer Olympic Games was used for practically every contest, including those exclusively for school boys or for Irish-Americans.

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

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

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