Allsports here for some sports news and sports on the web. Well it is that time again where the Summer Olympic games are about to begin with the opening ceremony today. The Olympics will now dominate the sports news for the next couple of weeks or so. Allsports was going to put the five ringed Olympic logo into the post but with Olympic Committee on it’s Orwellian hunt for abusers of the Olympic logo, I decided against it. When I state abuse of the logo, Allsports means the people who have not paid the huge dollars to do so. Don’t kid yourself into thinking the Olympic committee is there to ensure a just and noble competition on the sports fields. To them it is all about the money. Here are a few examples of the craziness going on in London as the Committee watches out for themselves and their corporate masters.
Spectators better not show up to any event with a Pepsi logo on a tee shirt or any part of their clothing as they will be sent packing because you see, Coca Cola paid the big sponsorship dollars so no other logo or soft drink can be seen anywhere near the Olympics. It’s the same with french fries or chips as our English cousins would call them. You had better like McDonald’s fries because that’s it and if anyone tries to sell anything else from even a small chip wagon they could end up in court and in jail. They even went as far as making a butcher take down sausage links fashioned in the Olympic ring logo and shut down an old woman that was selling dolls with knitted Olympic logo sweaters on for charity. A café in London was ordered to take down five bagels that were arranged is a similar fashion to the Olympic Rings. Just craziness, I guess there would be just so much money lost if they let a few independents use their foolish logo. Then they will wonder when the whole event looses money
Allsports thinks the opening ceremony starts at 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET). and should have the usual pomp and pageantry with about 1 billion people tuning in to see what Danny Boyle has but together.
We as Canadians should not be disappointed if our team is not quite as successful as we were in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. We must remember that there were only 78 countries involved in those Olympics and about 30 of note. There will be 204 countries involved in these summer games so the competition will be much stiffer and almost every country has an athlete that is a star in a certain sport. So Allsports thinks it is great to set the bar high but don’t be too disappointed with the results. We do have some definite medal contenders though.
So here are some Olympic facts to help people get in the Olympic spirit.
This is the third time that London has hosted the Olympics. The other two were in 1908 and 1948.
204 Countries will take part in the games.
At least one colour of the Olympic rings is found on the flag of every nation.
The motto of the Olympic games is faster, higher, stronger.
The Names of the Olympic Mascots are Wenlock and Mandeville.
There have been approximately 4,700 medals made for the London Olympic games.
Germany has won the most summer Olympic medals.
The first modern Summer Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece, which was so very fitting.
There were no women competing, in those first games in Athens. My how times have changed and for the better as there are some great female athletes.
Canada has won a total of 260 medals in the Summer Olympics and won 18 in the 2008 Beijing games.
The Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same year until the two year offsetting format was brought in. The last year the games were in the same year was 1992.
Rio de Janeiro has been awarded the next Summer Olympics in 2016.
There will be a total of 302 events held during the 2012 London summer Olympics and women’s boxing will take part for the first time. Mary Spencer will represent Canada, she is a three-time world champion and five-time gold medallist at the Pan Am Games and surprising beautiful considering the sport she excels at.
So there you have it, a little trivia for everyone to get primed for the Summer Olympics. So let the games begin and enjoy what I am sure will be some amazing performances by our fastest, highest and strongest.
“No Guts No Glory”
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