Summer Olympics 2016

Fun Facts about the Summer Olympics

  1. In the ancient Olympics, all athletes competed naked.
  2. The 2016 Summer Olympics mark the first time the games are being held in South America.
  3. French athletes drank wine with each meal despite preexisting Prohibition laws during the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  4. In 1928, Australian rower Henry Pearce stopped rowing halfway through the race to let a family of ducks swim by.
  5. 2016 Summer Olympics organizers have reported that they will make 60,000 meals daily to feed the competing athletes.
  6. Tug-of-war hasn’t been considered an Olympic sport since the summer of 1920.
  7. At the 1980 Summer Olympics, the gold and silver medals for rowing pairs were awarded to two sets of identical twins.
  8. Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, was the only female competitor in the 1976 Summer Olympics who didn’t have to take a sex test.
  9. After over 90 years, golf and rugby are returning to the Olympic Games this summer.
  10. Polish athlete Stanisława Walasiewicz, also known as Stella Walsh, won the women’s 100-meter race at the 1932 Summer Olympics. After her death, an autopsy revealed that she was a man.

Fun facts courtesy of the following articles: 
#s 1, 7, 8: http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/trivia.htm
#s 2, 9: http://www.sportsinside.org/16-facts-about-the-olympic-games-2016-in-rio-de-janeiro/
#s 3, 4, 6: http://www.guy-sports.com/olympics/olympics_trivia.htm
#5: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/rio-2016-16-fun-facts-about-year-s-olympics-n510311
#10: http://www.real-memory-improvement.com/fifty-fascinating-facts-about-the-olympics-pt-1.html

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Dory Jackson

Dory Jackson is a former intern, now contributing writer, for On Tap Magazine. She covers lifestyle, entertainment, beauty, and fashion news. In addition to OTM, her work has appeared in Celebuzz, Celeb Secrets, Press Pass LA, and other digital platforms nationwide.