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Bizarre Fact #121:
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Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940, or 1944.

Bizarre Fact #122:
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The winter Olympic Games were first held in 1924, beginning a tradition of holding them a few months earlier and in a different city than the summer Olympic Games. Beginning in 1994, the winter Olympic Games were held in completely different years (two years apart) than the summer Games.

Bizarre Fact #123:
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Tennis was played at the Olympics until 1924, then reinstituted in 1988.

Bizarre Fact #124:
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Though Russia had sent a few athletes to compete in the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games, they did not compete again until the 1952 Games.

Bizarre Fact #125:
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In 1960, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Squaw Valley, California (United States). In order to bedazzle and impress the spectators, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies. The 1960 Winter Games Opening Ceremony was filled with high school choirs and bands, releasing of thousands of balloons, fireworks, ice statues, releasing of 2,000 white doves, and national flags dropped by parachute.

Bizarre Fact #126:
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Motor boating was an official sport at the 1908 Olympics.

Bizarre Fact #127:
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Polo was played at the Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936.

Bizarre Fact #128:
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The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek root "gymnos" meaning nude; the literal meaning of "gymnasium" is "school for naked exercise." Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.

Bizarre Fact #129:
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The first recorded ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BCE with only one event - the stade. The stade was a unit of measurement (about 600 feet) that also became the name of the footrace because it was the distance run. Since the track for the stade (race) was a stade (length), the location of the race became the stadium.

Bizarre Fact #130:
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Canada beat Denmark 47-0 at the 1949 world hockey championships.


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