Amazing Olympic Facts

Amazing Olympic Facts

With the Sochi Winter Olympic games just around
the corner, athletes will be competing for bronze, silver and gold…or will they? The
winners will actually receive a gold medal made almost entirely of sterling silver. This
first place medal will be practically identical to the silver medal, except it must be covered
in at least 6 grams of pure gold. In fact, it was in the year 1912 that the last solid
gold medal was handed out. The current bronze medal is made of a metal alloy composed of
mostly copper and tin – potentially valued at only $4. Meanwhile, athletes who win first
place on February, 15th, 2014, will receive “cosmic medals” which are gold medals embedded
with fragments of the super bolide meteor which exploded over Chelyabinsk Russia exactly
one year ago. But gold medals weren’t always awarded to
champions. At the Games of the I Olympiad in 1896, winners received a silver medal along
with an olive branch. The runner up got a bronze medal with third place finishers receiving
nothing. China also received nothing at the olympics for a long period of time, with their
first olympic medal coming in 1984. And while the Olympians may train in gynasiums,
the word gymnasium actually comes from the greek word “gymnos” meaning naked. So it’s
no surprise that ancient greeks competing in the olympics were completely nude. Nudity
would be hard to pull off at the winter olympics though, which occurred for the first time
in 1924 in (SHAMONEY) Chamonix, France. Shortly after this date, in 1936, The Olympics
were broadcast on television for the first time. Held in Berlin Germany, during the Nazi
regime, the fuzzy black and white images replaced conventional radio coverage, drawing an estimated
audience of 150,000 viewers. Though as the Olympics grows older, some olympians
seem to be getting younger; the youngest ever olympic medal winner was Dimitrios Loundras,
who was awarded a bronze medal in gymnastics at the age of 10. On the other hand the oldest
olympic medal winner was Oscar Swahn, who won an olympic silver medal in shooting at
the age of 72. The first snowboarding olympic event was held
in Nagano in 1998. It was Canadian Ross Rebagliati who infamously took home the first gold medal
ever in this event. In a scandal, he lost his medal the next day because nanograms of
marijuana were found in his body. Claiming the cause was second hand smoke at the time,
Ross is now entering the medical marijuana business with his first cannabis cafe opening
in Whistler entitled Ross’ Gold. Mix that gold with the blue, red, green, and
black rings – and white background – and you get the Olympic logo, representing the colours
of every countries flag in the world. Unlike the two cancelled Winter Olympics during World
War II, it’s a reminder of our international communities consistently coming together. And because of all the excitement surrounding
the Olympics, we’ve decided to release a video every single day, starting this Thursday,
February 6th for 19 days straight. Can’t wait? Our amazing partners at the CBC already have
5 of the videos up now, for you to binge on! Just head to to
watch them before anyone else – there’s a clickable link in the description below! That’s right, we’ll be looking at your burning
questions like why we get nervous, does sex affect athletic performance, the ideal Olympic
diet, and more. It’s a science blitz! But we also want to know YOUR questions for
this special series! Use the hashtag #ScienceSays and let us know your burning Olympic questions! And as always – subscribe for more awesome science

99 Replies to “Amazing Olympic Facts”

  1. Bronze IS an alloy of copper and tin and is not an element like gold or silver. That fact is presented here as if the medal is some sort of cheap knock-off but all bronze from 2014 medals to the Liberty Bell to the spear points at the dawn of the Bronze age have been made by combining copper and tin. Cool video though. Thanks for posting it.

  2. I was always told that the reason why athletes were naked in the ancient Olympics was to ensure that the ban on women participating or coaching was upheld. 

  3. The only thing resembling science in this was when you talked about the Bronze metal and you got that wrong. Never seen this channel before, but i'm guessing the word "science" is just trolling for hits?

  4. Four dollar bronze medals for third, and meteorite-infused silver for two places up? HARSH!

    But I guess that, whenit comes down to it, the physical medal isn't what the focus is on… the true prize is the recognition for the incredible feats of one's willpower, tenacity, and strength of evey kind.

  5. What are some things that adrenaline can do to our bodies? What exactly is adrenaline? Can it be harmful? What are some examples of humans doing incredible things because the chemical?

  6. un video 
     interesante para verlo 
     una y otra 

  7. I know this isnt olympic, but i have a huge question that ive been wondering for a long time. Why do some pictures/videos(such as scary pictures or scary movies)scare us if we know its fake?

  8. All athletes, I believe, should receive medals that are pure Gold (as pure as they can make it, in that gold is a pretty soft metal), pure Sliver and pure Bronze. These young athletes have given their all to get to the Olympics to compete against the best the world has to offer. They should be honored for their sacrifices and their success.

  9. Congrats on being paired up with the CBC! Just saw one of your videos during the Olympics streamed across Canada

  10. It is more likely the word gym comes from the greek word gymastirio which translates word for word to gym, or a place to train, or training grounds. That is where the ancient greeks  used to train.

  11. Is it true that at least 10 spiders or bugs go in your mouth when you sleep I'm a year? If it is then what happens when they do???

  12. #ScienceSays: I'm curious about the physics of winter sports. Is it true that Olympic snowboarders can experience a peak G force of 15G's while spinning through the air? (I read it in a magazine but kind of find it hard to believe.) how are these tricks even possible for any sport?

  13. Plzzzzzzzzzz answer this question: is there more than just us (humans) in outter space? Plzzzzzz answer.

  14. ur videos are awsome..

    i have one question for u……… how our headphoes ties in our pocket…. 

  15. Glad u brought up Ross.My burning question is,how the hell did the Olympic committee consider weed a "performance enhancing drug."

  16. i have a burning question… how can a rocket go into the air without being pulled back to the ground by gravity.

  17. Idk. I kind of like the medals for the 1st and 2nd place but not third, but still give them the honorary third place. That way the winner and the next best guy 'win' while the third place still gets something over his 4,5,6th,ect. placed buddies.

  18. 0:32 I actually achieved my triple jump club record on the 15th of February 2015, SO DO I GET A BIT OF DA METEOR FROM RUSSIA?

  19. Thanks now i know why they have that color.. my next question is Why the olympic use 5 ring as there symbol? why not square or other shape?

  20. 21st Century Olympic Games:
    2000 = Sydney, Australia (Summer)
    2002 = Utah City, Utah, U.S.A. (Winter)
    2004 = Athens, Greece (Summer)
    2006 = Turin, Italy (Winter)
    2008 = Bejing, China (Summer)
    2010 = Vancouver, Canada (Winter)
    2012 = London, U.K.(Summer)
    2014 = Sochi, Russia (Winter)
    2016 = Rio, Brazil (Summer)
    2018 = Pyeongchang, South Korea (Winter)
    2020 = Tokyo, Japan (Summer)
    2022 = ? (Winter)
    2024 = ? (Summer)

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