kk's little known facts about the Olympics

And also a thread to just enjoy London 2012

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kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:30

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?

kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:33

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!

Plum    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:34

The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.

kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:35

The opening ceremony tickets are the most oversubscribed off all the olympic tickets.

@whogivesafuckaboutsport.com

I would guess that the womens' beach volleyball ranks next highest.

Edited: 15/07/2012 at 18:35
kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:39

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).

Plum    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:48

 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

kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:50

yes Plum, the oath bit is a little eye brow raising

kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 18:55

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.

 

Plum    pirate
15/07/2012 at 19:03

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

Plum    pirate
15/07/2012 at 19:05

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. 

kittenkat    pirate
15/07/2012 at 19:29

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.

15/07/2012 at 21:44

Another (albeit well known) fact is the GB team used to have male middle distance runners who get in to finals and be competitive!!!

yeo
15/07/2012 at 21:57

That's got to be bollox, Grendel

More athletes than spectators attended the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.

yeo
15/07/2012 at 21:59

Great Britain is the only nation to have won at least one gold medal at every Summer Games.

yeo
15/07/2012 at 22:05

Bloody hell, among the discontinued sports is Duelling Pistol

Presumably the silver medal is awarded posthumously?

15/07/2012 at 22:16

Britain are the reigning Olympic tug of war champions having won it in 1908, the last year it was held

15/07/2012 at 22:28
The 1900 Games included a 200m swimming obstacle race. We won the bronze medal. Two obstacles to swim/climb over and one to swim under.
kittenkat    pirate
16/07/2012 at 06:19

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.

kittenkat    pirate
16/07/2012 at 06:19
yeo wrote (see)

Bloody hell, among the discontinued sports is Duelling Pistol

Presumably the silver medal is awarded posthumously?

16/07/2012 at 06:27

The Greeks are always the first team out in the Opening Ceremony parade.

 

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