Funny London Olympics Trivia

Funny London Olympics TriviaThe London Olympics Trivia

Will and Guy present their collection of funny trivia for the 2012 Olympics and previous London Olympic Games.

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Events At the London Olympiad 2012

  1. Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71, is the oldest ever competitor at a Games. He appeared in the men's equestrian event at London 2012, 48 years since his first Olympic appearance at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
  2. Over 800,000 people used public transport to travel to the Games.
  3. 17km of steel wires are used for the Velodrome's cable roof; that's twice the height of Mount Everest
  4. 90% of the material inside the Olympic park can be reused or recycled, making this the greenest Olympics yet.
  5. 26,400 tennis balls were used.
  6. 65,000 towels were used by the athletes.
  7. 2,700 footballs were used.

Will and Guy's Interesting and Funny Olympic Trivia

  • When London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012, they will become the first city to be officially listed as hosting the Games three times: 1908, 1948 and 2012.  (Athens was host in 1896, 1906 and 2004, but the Intercalated games of 1906 were de-listed as being 'Olympic Games'.)The London Olympics Flag
  • There are four special Olympic flags that differ from all others in that they have a 6-coloured fringe.  Such a flags will be displayed in the City of London. The flag was presented to Boris Johnson the mayor during the Beijing closing ceremony.
  • Olympic cities (not countries) are chosen by secret ballot, so we're not sure how London beat Paris for the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Some blame French President Jacques Chirac, who insulted Britain before the vote by saying, "After Finland, it's the country with the worst food."  France's bid wasn't getting British support anyway, but Finland had two IOC members, and some speculate that they were swing votes in the 54-50 outcome. Who really knows comment Will and Guy?
  • At the 1948 games in London, the English national anthem, (God save the King) was played only three times: at the opening and closing ceremonies and when Princess Elizabeth arrived at the stadium for the first time. This was 477 times fewer than the German anthem had been played in the 1936 games held in Berlin.
  • The first Paralympic Games was held at London in 1948. The name "Paralympics" comes from the words "Parallel" and "Olympics".
  • The reason the extra yards were added to the running distance of the marathon to make the total length a rather strange figure of 26 miles and 385 yards was because of the rather whimsical demand of Queen Alexandra of Great Britain, who demanded, in 1908, that the marathon should end below the royal box at London's White City Stadium, which added the extra 385 yards.
  • The only Olympian ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won the silver in the 1500 metres in 1920.
  • I watched the Princess Royal present the silver medal to her daughter, Zara Phillips, for the Great Britain eventing team finishing second in the London 2012 Olympics it reminded me of another occasion. Princess Anne won a gold medal at the European Eventing Championships in 1971. She won silver in both individual eventing and team eventing at the European Championships in 1975. When Princess Anne won her European gold medal she remarked that it was the only time in history that the Queen had bred both the horse and the rider.
  • The Olympics of 1904 were appointed to Chicago.  However, St. Louis blackmailed the IOC with the threat to organise a competing series of sport events if the Games would not instead be held in St. Louis together with their World's Fair. The IOC gave in, and Chicago still wait for their chance to host the Olympics.
  • The gold medals won by British runners Harold Abrahams in the 100 meters and Eric Liddell in the 400 in the Paris 1924 Olympics were chronicled in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film 'Chariots of Fire.'
  • Footnote:
    Thanks to Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg for corrections and additional material.

Olympic Games Myths Olympic Myths

Pelops, a prince from Lydia sought the hand of the daughter of King Oinomaos of Pisa, namely Hippodamia. Oinomaos had declared that his daughter's suitors should compete with him in a chariot race; winning it he gets Hippodamia as his wife; but on losing it, he would be beheaded.

Pelops with his charioteer Myrtilos secretly replaced the bronze linchpins of the King's chariot with wax linchpins. During the race, the wax melted and Oinomaos was thrown from his chariot and died. Pelops and Hippodamia got married and Pelops celebrated his victory with the Olympic Games.

According to another myth, poet Pindar, in his Olympian Ode, tells the tale of how King Augeas of Elis reneged on his promise to reward Herakles for cleaning his stables. Herakles attacked and sacked Elis and started the Olympic Games in honour of his father Zeus.

Trivia Question:
What do Olympiads VI, XII and XIII have in common?

They were each cancelled due to War.  Note their numbers were not rescheduled, and this is why there will have been only 27 celebrations  by Olympiad XXX. 

See full Olympiad history here.

Humorous and Funny Tales from Olympics Past and Present

  1. At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Dora Ratjen competed in the women's high jump.

    In 1957 Ratjen came forward with an incredible account: he was in fact a man [named Hermann] who had been forced by the Nazi Youth Movement to masquerade as a woman in an attempt to steal a medal in the games.

    Alas, the ploy failed - when Ratjen was placed fourth.
  2. During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, although China fielded a magnificent team of gymnasts, one of their greatest hopes, Yun Leu, scored a low 9.20 on the pommel horse exercise.
    'Suit too big,' Yun later explained. 'Grabbed pants instead of pommel.'
  3. At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Olmeus Charles from Haiti was last by the largest margin ever recorded. He set an all-time record for the 10,000 metres race. Giving the crowd tremendous value for money, he completed the course in 42 minutes 00.11 seconds.

    Everyone lapped him at least three times and the winner finished so far ahead he would have had time to complete another 5,000 metres. An argument broke out among the track officials as to whether he should be allowed to finish the course.

    Happily, the crowd were not denied this fine sight and the entire Olympic timetable was held up by fourteen minutes. What Olympian spirit we say!
  4. David Cameron is scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

    Nervous, he asks for a teleprompter.

    On the day of the speech, he takes to the podium and starts, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh.'

    An aide quickly rushes to his side and whispers, 'Prime Minister, those are the Olympic rings. Your speech is below that.'
  5. Olympics - London 2012 with the Prime Minister of UK

London Olympics 2012 Cameron

Trivia from Other Olympiads

  • In 1928 Australian rower, Henry Pearce, stopped halfway through his quarter-final race to let a family of ducks pass in front of his boat.  The French competition overtook him, but Pearce managed to get back in front and win the gold.
  • Poland's Stella Walsh, [Stanislawa Walasiewicz] won the women's 100m race at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman to break the 12 second barrier. When she was killed in 1980, as an innocent victim in a robbery attempt, an autopsy declared her to be a male.
  • Rope Climbing took place in the following years: 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924, 1932. Rudimentary gym skills were all it took to win Olympic gold in the early 20th century it appears, as this event basically consisted of shimmying up a rope.
  • Milo of Kroton, one of the greatest Ancient Olympic champions. He won the wrestling event 6 times, over a span of 34 years. [The famous wrestler Milo was said to train by carrying a calf every day.  As the calf grew heavier, his muscles got stronger.]
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London Olympic LegoOlympic Myths

A man has spent 300 painstaking hours building a replica of the London 2012 Olympic Park out of Lego. Warren Elsmore used about 250,000 bricks to create the venues and structures including Anish Kapoor's Orbit, the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium.

 The model can be viewed at the Danish Village in St Katherine Docks until 12th August.


London 2012 Olympic 50p Coins

The 29 designs show Olympic and Paralympic sports

London Olympics 2012 50p Coins

New 50 pence coins commemorating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been launched. The coins each feature one of 29 sports on the reverse and have been designed by people from England and Wales.

The designers range from a Manchester policeman and a delivery driver from Reading to a bank clerk from Preston and a Bristol schoolgirl.  They share the honour of seeing their designs come into circulation and also knowing that, like every UK coin in general use, it has been approved by the Queen and the Treasury.

The 50 pence pieces feature well-known sports such as sailing, swimming and basketball, but also lesser-known disciplines including handball and the Paralympic sport boccia.

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