And also a thread to just enjoy London 2012
Doves used to be released prior to the lighting of the Olympic flame in the opening ceremony, but in Seoul 88, several settled on the rim of the Olympic cauldron and...
Rare, medium or well done people?
The opening ceremony actually has a fixed protocol, you can't just do what you want, but obviously there is poetic licence. Paris in 1900 failed to put on an opening ceremony, it only became a constant after London 1908.
Oooh get us!
The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
The opening ceremony tickets are the most oversubscribed off all the olympic tickets.
I would guess that the womens' beach volleyball ranks next highest.
Athens 2004, anyone remember the opening ceremony? 2 million litres of water were pumped into the stadium floor for a re-enactment of some Greek mythology or shite. They managed to drain it away in minutes though for the athletes to walk round the stadium. (See prescribed program as of above).
The Olympic Oath states, "In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."
and no drugs
yes Plum, the oath bit is a little eye brow raising
I remember many years ago for my degree, I was always interested in the history of sport rather than the more scientific stuff. Biomechanics turned me cold but I loved the psychology and origins of sport, also the politics, the framework of grass roots to elite and everything that as a society we put into and pull from sport as a vehicle.
talking about doves.......
..................Pigeon shooting was one of the sports on the program in Paris in 1900. Unortunately this shooting event was short lived. (Would have been bloody marvellous for London) It was the only time animals were killed on purpose during an Olympic event
only two female competitors were deemed not to have to submit to a sex test at the 1976 Summer Olympics was Princess Anne of the UK, who was competing as a member of the UK equestrian team and as a Royal it was deemed unnapropriate and kk because it was bloody obvious she had a dick :--0.
Anne, get out of bed now, we've been rumbled for willy waving.
I'm going now but I am determined to bore you all shitless in the weeks coming.
Another (albeit well known) fact is the GB team used to have male middle distance runners who get in to finals and be competitive!!!
That's got to be bollox, Grendel
More athletes than spectators attended the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.
Great Britain is the only nation to have won at least one gold medal at every Summer Games.
Bloody hell, among the discontinued sports is Duelling Pistol
Presumably the silver medal is awarded posthumously?
Britain are the reigning Olympic tug of war champions having won it in 1908, the last year it was held
Women's boxing is only now being allowed into the Olympics, but astonishingly (I used that word for emphasis) it was a demonstration sport in 1904.
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Bloody hell, among the discontinued sports is Duelling Pistol Presumably the silver medal is awarded posthumously?
The Greeks are always the first team out in the Opening Ceremony parade.
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