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The five rings of the Olympic flag stand for the five continents (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana). It was designed in 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin and appeared for the first time during the 1920 Olympic games. At the same time the five rings stand for friendship of the participants.
By the way Pierre de Coubertin created the motto of the modern Olympic games. It was borrowed from Latin. Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger).
Despite the fact that the tradition of the Olympic flame was widespread in Ancient Greece it appeared for the first time during the 1928 Olympic Games.
The Berlin Olympic Games held in the 1936 were the first Olympic games to be broadcast. At the time Germany was ruled by Nazis who promoted their ideology during the Games. Despite it sportsmen of 49 countries participated in the competitions.
According to the rules the silver Olympic medals should contain at least 92.5 percent of silver. By the way last gold medals made out of gold were created in 1912.
The Olympic Games have never been held in Africa, South America and Antarctica.
Oscar Gomer Swahn, a Swedish shooter was the oldest athlete of the Olympic games. He was 72-years-old when he was participating in the 1920 Summer Olympics. Joshua Kearney Millner, a British shooter was the oldest winner of the gold medal during the 1908 Summer Olympic Games. At the time he was 61 years old.
Strangely enough but in the very beginning of the 20th century it was believed that paintings were more valuable than medals. Thus during the 1990 Olympic games the winners were awarded with the paintings not the medals.
It is really hard to believe but for the first time China won its medal in 1984. Today the Chinese win by a head.