*Three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics.
*Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.
*The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
*Badminton, table tennis, and handball are the only official sports in which the U.S. has never won a medal.
*It wasn't until 1900 that women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.
*The earliest Olympic athlete was 10 and the oldest 60.
*The 1936 Berlin Olympics (also known as the ‘Nazi’ Olympics) were the first Olympic games to be televised.
*The Olympic games have been cancelled three times due to war; 1916, 1940 & 1944.
* London is the first city to ever host a modern Olympics three times.
*For the London 2012 Games, each medal is approximately 3.35 inches (85 mm) in diameter, about a quarter inch (.28 inches or 7 mm) in thickness, and weighs between 375-400 grams (13.2 to 14.1 ounces). The medals will be the heaviest and largest medals in Olympic history.
*Also more than $193,250 will be used to plate the medals that will be given out in the 2012 London Olympic games.