Hello Olympics lovers! As promised today I will share some fun factoids of Olympic trivia with you all, some Olympic Superlatives if you will! So, lets start with the obvious, our very own Michael Phelps has deemed himself this title after three appearances in the Olympics and looks to build on it during the last two races of his career tonight and tomorrow.
1. Most Decorated: Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps boasts an astonishing 20 olympic medals, the most in history, and looks to find himself two more over the next two days, as he faces the 100 fly and the 4×100 Medley Relay on Saturday night. But even so his medal count stands as follows from his collective Olympic efforts:
2. Most Authentic: The 1912 Olympic Medals
The last time that solid gold medals were given out to olympic athletes was in 1912. Which is not surprising considering the cost of gold, but I still find this to be a very interesting factoid. Also, there are very specific measurements and requirements for the olympic medals, which are as follows: Each medal must be at least three millimeters thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. Also, the gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal covered in six grams of gold. Also, I never realized that all the medals were not the same size, or maybe this was a decision made by the Olympic committee for the London games? I don’t know. But who knew? Not I.
3. The oldest Olympian medalist (male and female)
Male: Oscar Swahn won a gold medal for shooting at the 1912 Olympics, when he was 64 years and 280 days old. At the time of his win, Swahn was 9 months older than Galen Spencer had been when he won his gold medal in 1904.
Female: In 1908, British archery winner Sybil “Queenie” Newall became the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal, she was aged 53 years, 275 days.
4. The youngest Olympian medalist (male and female)
Male: The youngest confirmed Olympic medalist is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras (born on September 4, 1885), who competed in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10 years old. He received a bronze medal in a team event (on 9 April 1896) at 10 years 218 days. The youngest male medalist in an individualevent was Nils Skoglund of Denmark, who finished second in the High Diving, 1920 at age 14 yrs, 11 days.
Female: Inge Sørensen of Denmark was 12 yrs, 24 days old when she won a bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke in 1936.
5. Most Frequent: London
In case you missed the Memo, London was the first city to be given the honor of hosting the summer olympics 3 times. Having hosted their first games in the summer of 1908, then again in 1948, and then for a third time this summer!
6. Best all around: Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and Australia
These countries have been represented at every single Olympic Games ever held, though not always all as part of official teams. Switzerland is on this list even though they boycotted the 1956 Olympics – they had competed in the equestrian events several months earlier in Stockholm. France did did not send a team to the 1904 Games but a lone Frenchman did compete for the US and a mixed team. Also in 1896 Great Britain competed as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, while Australia participated in 1908 and 1912 as part of a combined Australasia team with New Zealand. Therefore, Greece is the only nation to have participated under its own flag in all modern summer Olympic Games, as they should be…. since they created the Olympics.
7. Most Successful: The USA
Here is a list of the top three countries in the all-time olympic medal count (as of Vancouver 2010).
1. USA: 2,112
2. USSR: 1,234
3. UK: 737
8. Most Likely to be in Rio: Kiteboarding
Earlier this year kiteboarding was given the official stamp of approval by the olympic committee, and it has been rumored that the sport with make its grand debut on the Olympic stage at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio! So, keep your eyes peeled for that!
9. Most Inappropriate: Post event activities.
It has been rumored that there is a standing order for a some 100,000 condoms to be kept on hand for the Olympic Athletes in the Olympic Village. Don’t believe me? Check out this article
from ESPN with a theory from a doctor as to the how and why on it all!
10. First African American to win All-Around for Gymnastics: Gabby Douglas!
This isn’t a superlative, its just awesome, and she is so cute! And she was ballin out of control last night, so she deserves a spot on this list! Congrats to our very own Gabby for besting it out in the All Around competition in London!
And just in case you have been waiting on this: Here is the Medal count to date!