Olympic trivia

Today, April 18th marks 100 days till the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Here and some interesting Olympic facts gleaned from “The London Evening Standard”

The Olympic rings represent 5 continents.  Every nation’s flag contains one of the colours of the rings. Since 2008 I have raced on all 5 Olympic ring continents Africa, Asia, Australia, Pan America and Europe.  I guess Antarctica is not included… but I’m okay with that!

During the depression the shooting events were timed with the start of track events in order to save on bullets!

Poodle clipping was part of the 1900 games in Paris. 

There will be almost 15 000 athletes competing in London

Only 5 people have medalled in both summer and winter Olympics.  Canada’s Clara Hughes is one of them.

The doors to the Basketball stadium were made extra large!

Anyone caught streaking during the games will receive a hefty 20 000 pound fine

Gold medals are made of gold plated silver

Rainwater collected from the roof of the handball facility will be used to flush the toilets there.

More than 1 million pieces of sporting equipment will be donated to charities after the Games.