One of the mascots for the 2000 Olympics, in Australia, was the kookaburra. This bird sounds like a laughing human and represents the air over Australia.
One of the mascots for the 2000 Olympics, in Australia, was the platypus. This animal is only one of two mammals that lay eggs; it represents the waters of Australia.
In high school, Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank was an excellent athlete. She competed in Junior Olympics in swimming, and placed fifth in the Washington state all-around gymnastics.
MGM film bathing beauty and box-office darling Esther Williams arrived on the Hawaiian island Kauai to film the musical, Pagan love Song,(1950) co-starring Howard Keel, Rita Moreno, and Philip Costa. Overall, this film was fairly routine, but in it, Williams performed her first salt water swimming ballet. Williams was a GREat swimming athlete who had qualified for three events in the 1940 Olympics, only to have them cancelled by World War II.
In a first-of-its-kind business arrangement, Visa International signed a $3 million deal in 1993 to become the official credit card of Atlanta, the host city of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Law and customs
married women were forbidden by law to watch, let alone compete, in the ancient Olympics. The penalty was death. The GREeks believed that the presence of wives in olympia would defile GREece's oldest religious shrine there, although young girls were allowed in. Ironically, the shrine that was off-limits to married women was dedicated to a woman, the fertility goddess Rhea, who was the mother of the supreme god Zeus. Women who broke the rule were thrown from a nearby cliff.
To date, athlete Debi Thomas was the first and only black athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, and is the holder of two national championships and one world title in figure skating. She is now an aspiring orthopedic surgeon at Chicago's Northwestern University medical School.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Tom Malchow was the youngest member of the U.S. men's swim team at age 19. Malchow was humorously nicknamed Puppy Chow?by his older teammates. Four years later, at the Olympics in Sydney, he was the 200-meter butterfly gold medallist. Malchow's time of 1:55.35 was the third-fastest performance ever. His nickname changed to "Big Dog."
The first female athlete to appear in a Wheaties "Breakfast of Champions" television commercial was Mary Lou Retton, shortly after her gold medal win at the 1984 summer Olympics.
Australian swimmer Murray Rose won six Olympic medals and was the first man to swim the 1,500-metre freestyle in less than 18 minutes. He won national titles in three countries: the United States, Canada, and Australia. At age 17 in 1956, Rose became the youngest Olympian to win three gold medals during one Olympics.
The first Olympic games were held in Ancient GREece in 776 B.C. The Olympics were held every 4 years at Olympia, in honor of the god Zeus.
??公元前776年，第一届奥运会在古希腊举行。奥运会每四年在奥林匹亚山举行一次，用来纪念宙斯。 Because of the outbreak of major world wars, the modern Olympics did not hold competitions in 1916, 1940, and 1944.
The first Winter Olympics Games were open in Chamonix, France, on January 25, 1924.
Boston-native figure skater Tenley Albright was the first American woman to win an Olympic figure-skating gold medal. In 1952, Albright placed second in women's figure skating at the Olympic Games. She was the U.S. national championship from 1952 to 1956. In 1953, Albright became the first American woman to win the world championship title. She won the title again in 1955. At the 1956 Olympics, Albright won the gold medal in women's figure skating. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1988. After retiring, Albright became a surgeon.
The oldest individual to win a medal in the Olympics was Oscar Swahn. He won a silver medal in shooting for Sweden in 1920. He was 72 years old.
Canada's first Olympic gold medal was won by a man competing for the United States. George Orton of Strathroy, Ontario, took first place in the steeplechase at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, but because Canada didn have an official team, he entered as part of the American team instead.
Until recent years, the Olympics were a hotbed of political protest and boycotts. The most poorly attended modern Olympic Games since 1964 were the 1980 Games in Moscow. Only 81 countries participated in those games because of a boycott against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
In 1912 in Stockholm, the first electric timing devices and public address system was used at the Olympics.
In the opening procession of the Olympics, the team representing the host nation always marches last.
Iranian women competed in the Olympics for the first time at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The women were limited in the events in which they were allowed to participate, so they would not violate their country's restrictive laws regarding women's clothing.
Mark Spitz holds the all-time Olympic record for men's swimming events. At two Olympics (1968 and 1972), Spitz won a total of 11 medals and is tied as of 2000 with Matt Biondi (1984, 1988, 1992); has the most gold medals at 9 (tied again with Biondi); has the most gold medals at one Olympiad at 7 (Biondi trails at 5), and has the most total medals in one Olympiad (tied with Biondi).
The field hockey event is the only event in which India has ever won any gold medals at the Olympics.
To produce handles for the 10,000-plus Olympic torches carried in the 15,000-mile United States of America relay for the 1996 Summer Olympics, 60 pecan trees were used.
Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president under his nickname Jimmy." The U.S. boycotted the Olympics in Moscow while he was president.
Words and Numbers
"itius, altius, fortius" is the Olympics' motto, and means faster, higher, stronger.
"itius, altius, fortius"是奥林匹克格言，意思是"更快、更高、更强"。