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           TRIVIA TODAY - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 
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The Olympic Games will be starting on August 8th, so let's 
prepare with a little history about this great event!



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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: “If you don't try to win you might as well hold the 
Olympics in somebody's back yard”

HINT: (1913-1980), American Athlete, 4 time Gold Medalist 
in Track and Field at the 1936 Olympic Games


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Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag 
contains five interconnected rings on a white background. 
The five rings symbolize the five significant continents 
and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be 
gained from these international competitions. The rings, 
from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and 
red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them 
appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The 
Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.


The Olympic medals are designed especially for each 
individual Olympic Games by the host city's organizing 
committee. 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.


During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the 
procession of athletes is always led by the Greek team, 
followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order (in 
the language of the hosting country), except for the last 
team which is always the team of the hosting country.


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In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic 
Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father 
Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius 
("Swifter, Higher, Stronger").


James B. Connolly (United States), winner of the hop, step, 
and jump (the first final event in the 1896 Olympics), was 
the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games.


In 490 BCE, Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, ran from Marathon 
to Athens (about 25 miles) to inform the Athenians the 
outcome of the battle with invading Persians. The distance 
was filled with hills and other obstacles; thus Pheidippides 
arrived in Athens exhausted and with bleeding feet. After 
telling the townspeople of the Greeks' success in the battle, 
Pheidippides fell to the ground dead. In 1896, at the first 
modern Olympic Games, held a race of approximately the same 
length in commemoration of Pheidippides.


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QUOTE: “If you don't try to win you might as well hold the 
Olympics in somebody's back yard”

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