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Sports & Recreation > The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games

Baron de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics, won a gold medal himself in the poetry event, which he entered anonymously.

 Up until 1948, apart from the sporting events there were also ‘artistic’ events in the Olympics which also included ‘town planning, sculpture, music and painting’!!

The oldest person ever to win an Olympic medal was 73-year-old Briton John Copley who won silver in the ‘etchings and engravings event’.

 In 1900, a woman won gold for ‘poodle clipping’ - trimming 17 poodles in 2 hours!

 The artistic events stopped because of ‘Amateurism’. The people in these events carried on being artists and so on, after the games. While those doing the ‘sport’ had other work to do.

 Olympics gold meals are made mostly out of silver (at least 92.5%), with only a tiny amount of gold (6g).

 The last ones to be made entirely out of gold were in 1912. If they were made out of 18-carat gold each gold medal would be worth £3,000, which would total up to £1.5 million of the course of the games.

 You would bite into a gold coin to check if it was really made out of gold. Fake gold coins normally have lead in them, so if you bite into them you would leave your teeth marks in it. When real gold coins are made, other metals were also added to harden it.

posted on Dec 26, 2010 2:55 PM ()


I wish they still honored the arts.
comment by elderjane on Dec 27, 2010 11:38 AM ()
So do I Jane! I would take far more notice of the 'games' then

reply by febreze on Dec 28, 2010 9:31 AM ()
poodle clipping are they serious.
comment by fredo on Dec 27, 2010 5:37 AM ()
It is absolutely genuine!!! It's a shame that they had to fnish

reply by febreze on Dec 27, 2010 8:37 AM ()
What a fun post, who knew..thank you
comment by anacoana on Dec 26, 2010 3:08 PM ()
Something came up in conversation here (at home) and it rang a bell. Thought I would check it out and eventually, I found what I had been looking for - surprising too
Have you had a good Christmas? I do hope so
reply by febreze on Dec 26, 2010 3:37 PM ()

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