31 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Olympics

In honor of the 31st Summer Olympics, M&F put together some of the most bizarre, weird and lesser-known facts about the Summer Games.


1. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

2. Rio de Janeiro is the first South American city to host the Olympic Games.

3. 10,500 athletes from 205 different countries will compete in 306 events in 42 different sports over 17 days.

4. Golf and rugby are returning to the Summer Games after 112 and 92 years, respectively.

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5. Gold medals today are made up of 93 percent silver, 6 percent copper, and 1 percent gold.

6. Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will compete this year in the 100 meters for St. Lucia.

7. Jim Thorpe was the first football player to compete in the Olympics, winning two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

8. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Rio's Maracanã Stadium, which boasts the world record for the most fans ever to attend a soccer game: 173,000 during the 1950 World Cup final.

9. The United States has won the most medals in Summer Olympic history with 2403.

10. 60,000 meals will be prepared daily to feed the athletes. 

11. The Olympic Rings were designed by Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1912.

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