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The Games - Terrific Trivia

2nd August 2012

The competition is now well under way. It’s great watching sporting prowess of the best athletes in the world. We’re a curious bunch here at Escape Travel, so we thought we’d do some investigating.

Here are our top five trivia facts on the Games.

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London facts
London is the only city in the world to host the competition three times. The English capital previously hosted the games in 1908 and 1948. It’s also the only city in the United Kingdom to host the largest peace time event. Incidentally, Great Britain is the only country to win gold at every Summer meet.

Royal participation
Princess Anne was the only member of the UK equestrian team not to sit for a sex test at the 1976 games in Montreal, Canada. She is also the only the member the British royal family to represent her country, until this year when her daughter, Zara Phillips will also ride for her country.

An Australian record
The first time the world met in the southern hemisphere was in Melbourne. The 1956 games were also the first time that athletes walked together during the closing ceremony.

All that glitters isn’t gold
Solid gold medals haven’t been awarded since the Stockholm Games in 1912. Today they’re generally made from 92.5 per cent silver and plated with a minimum six grams of gold.

The flame
The flame is an ancient tradition that during the ancient games in Olympia would burn for the duration of the competition. It was the 1928 Amsterdam games when the flame was lit for the first time for the modern games.