When it comes to the Olympics, there are so many fun facts, incredible bits of history, and plenty of controversies to cover so we took it upon ourselves to create an entire podcast dedicated to the Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympics.
Below are some very interesting facts you didn’t know that you needed to know about this year’s Olympics and those of the past.
There are four new sports in this year’s competitions: karate, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing.
There are 206 countries being represented this year with over 11,000 athletes competing.
Japan produced 5,000 Olympic medals from almost 80,000 tons of recycled electronic devices.
Digital cameras, handheld games, laptops, and, wait for it, 6.21 million mobile phones played a part in the creation of Olympic medals this year.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch is designed after the shape of a sakura or cherry blossom. A beautiful, delicate flower beloved by Japanese people.
The modern Olympics started in 1896 in Athens.
The first of the modern games involved only nine sports and forty-three events.
Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games competed in the nude. This is not surprising.
In fact, the word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos” meaning nude. As such, the literal translation of gymnasium is “school for naked exercise.”
Tug of war and town planning are both former Olympic competitions.
The future host cities for Summer Olympics are Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028).
And this is just the tip of the Olympic iceberg! To hear the controversies we covered, more fun facts, and so much more head to the links above to tune in.
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