Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Olympic Stats

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Olympic Stats

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Every four years we gather to witness the incredible athletic prowess of the best of the best of the worlds athletes. For many of them, this is the culmination of four years of intense training and preparation to compete in events that often last for a matter of minutes. During the games, a number of world records are set and just as many are broken, and there are many "firsts." For example, this year marks the first time that the Olympic Games have been held in a South American country: Brazil. Following are a few other interesting Olympic facts:

62 years: The difference in age between the oldest and youngest Olympic competitors to date: 72-year-old Swedish shooting expert, Oscar Swahn, won silver in the Antwerp Games; and 10-year-old Dimitrios Loundras, a Greek gymnast, won bronze in the 1896 Athens Olympics. (Loundras still holds the record for the youngest Olympic competitor.)

22: The number of medals won by U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, making him officially the greatest Olympian of all time (18 of those medals are gold and he has set 39 world records).

0: The numbers of articles of clothing worn by competitors in the first Olympics in ancient Greece. Only men were allowed to compete during these early years.

3: The number of times the city of London has hosted the Olympics. It also holds the distinction of being the first city to host the Paralympics, which took place in 1948 for wounded war veterans. It's also the number of times the games have been canceled (In 1961, the Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of WWI, in 1940 the Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the Summer Olympics in 1944 in London, were canceled because of WWII). …

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