Which country has hosted the Summer Games the most?
...With more and more fun facts as we got in shape for the 2024 Paris
Summer Olympics Trivia Games!
What are the official Olympic sports competitions at the Summer Games?
There are over two dozen distinct competitions in the 2024 Summer Olympics.
They include traditional Olympic swimming, soccer, gymnastics, boxing, and cycling, as well as newer sports of keen interest to younger viewers. These include breakdancing (for the first time ever) -- plus sports climbing, skating, and surfing.
With no coastal surfing available near Paris, the legendary surfing spot Teahupo'o in Tahiti has been selected as a prime venue for the Olympic surfing events.
Who are the mascots for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games?
The Olympic mascots are called The Phryges (pronounced, "free-zuh").
They are the traditional caps worn for centuries throughout France that became a symbol of freedom during the French Revolution.
The Paralympic Phryges has a running prosthetic, and symbolizes values of all sport, celebrating inclusion of athletes in all arenas and all of the Games venues.
Paris - home of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games
In 2024, watch for the first-ever Olympic opening ceremony to take place outside an Olympic stadium!
Instead, it will happen on the river Seine with a 6 kilometer (almost 4-mile long) parade of barges passing by Paris' most famous landmarks.
2024 will also mark the third time that Paris has hosted the Olympic Games. The first was in 1900 and the last was was a century ago in 1924. Paris is now tied with London for a record three times as host of the Olympics.
The main Olympic venue will be the Stade de France ('Stadium of France'), the country's national stadium located just north of Paris in the suburn of Saint-Denis. Its seating capacity of 80,698 makes it the sixth-largest stadium in Europe.
Famous city landmarks will also be turned into Olympic venues for the Summer Games including the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, and even the Eiffel Tower.
The official motto for the 2024 Paris Games? "Games Wide Open."
• The very first modern Olympic games were the Summer Olympics held in 1896. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.
• London is the only city to host the Summer Games three times -- in 1908, 1948 and 2012. The Summer Olympics have been held in the USA four times (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) - but in three different cities.
• The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games. Summer Olympian Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of any nation, with 22 Olympic medals (including 18 golds).
• It's true. Olympic gold medals aren't really made of solid gold, but silver with gold plating. Olympic gold medals haven't been pure gold for about a century.
• The modern games were only canceled three times, and it was always the Summer Olympics. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of World War I. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London, were canceled because of World War II.