LA 1984 (Blue Red & White)
The 1984 Games are most remembered for the boycott. In retaliation to the US boycotting the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, 17 countries including the Soviet Union, East Germany and Cuba from the 'Eastern Block' then boycotted the US Games. I must say although i'm sure it sent a 'strong political message' it does sound a bit like the playground at school "you didn't come to mine so I'm not going to come to yours". The 1984 Olympics also saw the introduction of sponsors for the 1st time, they had 43 companies who were licensed to sell 'official' products for the Games. It was due to the introduction of sponsorship that the 1984 Games were the first ones since 1932 that turned a profit, $225 million to be exact, that is one hell of a turn around, however you have to ask why did they continue for 50 years and 11 summer games (there were no Olympics in 1940 or 1944 due to WWII) before thinking of doing this!!!! The 1984 LA Olympics also saw the first American woman to win an individual Gold Medal in the women's gymnastics all-around event, she also won the more medals (five in total) than any other athlete in the 1984 Games.
LONDON 1948 (White & Blue)
MEXICO 1968 (Grey Violet & Amazon Green)
- The Olympic Flag was designed with the 5 rings to represent the 5 continents, their interconnection is to represent friendships gained from the Games. The 5 colours were chosen as at least one of each of the colours appear on the flag of every country worldwide. You've got to admit it's a nice sentiment.
- Gold Medals - The last time a REAL Gold Medal was awarded was in 1912, now considering they made a profit of $225 million back in 1984 and I'm sure continue to do so you would thing they could afford the real thing! The Medals are designed by the host city's committee at each individual games although each Medal must be at least 3mm thick and 60mm diameter, the Gold & Silver Medals must be made out of 92.5% silver, with the Gold Medals covered in 6g of Gold. At least they get some real Gold on it.
- At the start of the Modern Olympic Games the Marathon was always an approximate length, it wasn't until 1908 when the Royal family requested that the race be started at Windsor Castle (so the kids could watch it) that there became a standard length. The distance from Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium was 26 miles and 385 yards, in 1924 it was finally agreed that this would be the official Marathon length.
- The Winter Olympics didn't begin until 1924 and originally used to be held the same year as the Summer Olympics although in a different city. In 1994 it was decided that the Winter Olympics would be moved to the halfway point between the Summer Games so now each type of Olympic Games is 2 years apart.
- The word Gymnasium comes from the Greek gymnos which means nude. The literal meaning of gymnasium is 'School for naked exercise'. It still amazes me the literal meanings of some of these words. That would never be allowed nowadays!! LOL