Friday, August 12, 2016

15 Fun Facts About the Olympic Games

Baseball season is still going strong, and of course we're all looking forward to football season, but right now all of the excitement seems to be surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics. Every day you can watch all of the games right here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. During the slower moments, we've found a few Olympics fun facts for you to impress your friends with. Check them out!

1. The Olympic torch relay for this year's games began on April 21, 2016 and did not end until the opening ceremony on August 5. That's quite a long jog!

2. The symbol of the Olympics- 5 intertwined rings- represents the unity of the 5 continents: the Americas (North & South), Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

3. The 5 colors of the rings- blue, yellow, black, green, and red - were used because every nation that participates in the Olympic games has at least one of those colors on its own national flag.

4. The Olympic flag was adopted in 1914, but it was not flown until the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium. 

5. The Olympics were held every 4 years until 1994. Since then, the decision was made to separate the summer and winter events and alternate those games every 2 years. 

6. Before adding winter Olympic events in 1924, men's, women's, and pairs figure skating events were a part of the Summer Olympics in 1908 and 1920. 

7. The winter sport of ice Hockey made its Olympic debut in the 1920 summer games too.

8. In the first modern Olympics in 1896, top winners were given silver, not gold, medals. It wasn't until 1904 that the top three winners began receiving gold, silver, and bronze medals.

9. 1912 was the final year that the gold medals were actually made of pure gold. Today they are 93% silver and 6% copper, with just 6 grams of real gold.

10. The arts were included in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic games. Medals were awarded in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, and music. The works had to be original pieces inspired by sports. Today, artists compete in their own Cultural Olympiad.

11. Golf and Rugby are the "new" games in the 2016 Summer Olympics. They have been present in the past, but were removed for a number of years each. 

12. Rio 2016 marks the first time in Olympic history that a city from South America has hosted the games. Rio beat out Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo for the honor.

13. This year, over 10,000 athletes from 206 countries will compete in over 300 events during the 17 day's of Olympic games.

14. The United States holds the record for being the country that has won the most Olympic medals. (Go Team USA!)

15. So far this year, we are still ahead of the game! At the time this blog was written, Team USA has already earned the most medals at 31; 16 gold, 12 silver, and 12 bronze. By the time this blog is posted, we know there will be a lot more added!

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, Lake of the Ozarks, BBQ

Watch all the Olympics action at the Boot!

Get in on some of the Summer Olympic excitement at the best place to watch sports at the Lake of the Ozarks. We've got 21 televisions throughout the restaurant, including our great big giant projection screen. You'll be able to catch all of your favorite sporting events no matter what table or bar stool you are seated at. 

Get on over here and join Wobbly Boots Roadhouse to cheer on Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics. We'll have the drinks flowing, the food hot and delicious, and the best fans to watch all the games with.

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