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The Rio Olympics 2016

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Will and Guy present their humour for the 2016 Olympics to be held Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Latest News on Rio 2016

Usain Bolt could opt for long jump at the Rio Olympics; Will would like him to attempt the 400m.

The Jamaican sprinter says he will definitely be competing at Rio 2016.  Usain, six-times gold medallist, is keen to try out new events; a good idea Guy says.

Olympic Games Fun Facts

  1. The United States' haul of 83 gold medals at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 is the highest ever.
  2. The USA's return of 197 medals at the 1904 Games in St Louis (62 gold, 66 silver and 69 bronze) is the highest ever tally at an Olympics.
  3. In the modern era, the Soviet Union's total of 195 in Moscow in 1980 is the highest with 80 golds, 69 silver and 46 bronze.
  4. Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals - 18 of them gold.
  5. The youngest known Olympic medallist is Dimitrious Loundrous of Greece, who was 10 years and 218 days old when he competed in the 1896 team parallel bars.

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Will and Guy's Rio Olympic 2016 Jokes

  • The Olympics motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius," which, of course, is Greek for, "Go for the gold, but also try to keep your bones organized."
  • At the Olympic Games, Rhoda meets a man carrying an eight-foot-long metal stick.

    'Excuse me,' says Rhoda to the man. 'Are you a pole vaulter?'
    'No,"' says the man, 'I'm German, but how did you know my name is Walter?'
  • Where did some of these Winter Olympics events come from? Like the luge. How is sliding down a mountain on a cafeteria tray a sport?

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Olympic Trivia and Interesting Facts

  1. 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.
  2. The first black athlete to compete at the Olympics was Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera, competing for France in 1900.
  3. At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.
  4. Pigeon shooting was one of the sports on the program in Paris in 1900. Fortunately this shooting event was short lived.  It was the only time animals were killed on purpose during an Olympic event.
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Five Best, Clean and Interesting Quotes by Olympians

  1. I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time - Emil Zatopek, champion Czechoslovakian distance runner, when asked about unusual facial expression when running.
  2. The swimming and diving were held in part of the old moat ... it was the clammiest, darkest place and the water was frigid. It looked bottomless and black - Alice Landon, American Diver, on facilities at the Antwerp Games of 1920.
  3. One shouldn't be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it. - Oksana Baiul, Olympic Gold Medalist
  4. All I've done is run fast. I don't see why people should make much fuss about that - Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals at the 1948 Games
  5. To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable. - Sebastian Coe, after losing the 800m final in 1980.

XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5th August to 21st August 2016.  See the official Rio 2016 olympic site.

The Olympic MottoLondon Olympics 2012 Flag

In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which translates as: Swifter, Higher, Stronger.

The Olympiad Calendar

The ancient Olympic Games as with the modern Olympic Games are quadrennial events, meaning they are celebrated every four years.  This four year time-span is known as an Olympiad.  Unfortunately, this calendar was not used by every Greek city-state; indeed, there was no common dating system in the ancient era because the Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans used different calendars.  However, as  they were conquered by the Romans, so they imposed the Julian calendar, named after Julius Caesar; thus giving the world a common time base.

The Olympic Oath

Pierre de Coubertin wrote an oath for the athletes to recite at each Olympic Games. During the opening ceremonies, one athlete recites the oath on behalf of all the athletes. The Olympic oath was first taken during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. 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 honour of our teams."

The Olympic Creed

Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for this phrase from a speech given by Bishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for Olympic champions during the 1908 Olympic Games. The Olympic Creed reads, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

The Olympic Flame Olympics Flame London

The Olympic flame is a practice continued from the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia [Greece], a flame was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games. The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavour for perfection.

In 1936, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Olympic Games, Carl Diem, suggested what is now the modern Olympic Torch relay. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic Torch is then passed from runner to runner from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city. The flame is then kept alight until the Games have concluded. The Olympic Torch relay represents a continuation from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympics.

Olympic Myths

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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.

The Olympic Hymn

The Olympic Hymn, played when the Olympic Flag is raised, was composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Kostis Palamas. The Olympic Hymn was first played at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens but wasn't declared the official hymn by the IOC [International Olympic Committee] until 1957.
Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky
Which has first witnessed the imperishable fame.
Give life and animation to those noble games!
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in the strife!
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel!
In thy light, plains, mountains and seas
Shine in a roseate hue and form a vast temple
To which all nations throng to adore thee,
Oh immortal spirit of antiquity!

 

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