Olympic Games in Rio were opened two days ago, bringing with them all the majesty of a worldwide event. All the nations (even the North Korea), for the greatest sports competition ever, the whole world is talking about it. From the opening ceremony, a little less expensive than other ones, with due regards to a nation where the wealth is unbalanced, to the athletes, modern heroes that represent their Nation fiercely.
The eyes of the world are on Rio 2016, so let’s talk about some curiosities about the Olympics, with 7 Olympic Facts you might not know!

1 – Italian athletes wear Armani. Italian national team will wear the creations of Giorgio Armani. The items of the EA7 collection, which will represent the Italian athletes official uniform, are already in stores.

2 – Oh My Dress! Gisele Bunchen wore a gold sequined column by Brazilian Designer Alexandre Herchovitch, walking the catwalk of Maracanà stadium to the sound of the iconic “The girl from Ipanema”.

3 – The Olympic Motto. In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”). In 2012 the motto was “Inspire a generation”.

4 – The colours of the rings was selected because every nation’s flag contains at least one of them.

5 – Some numbers. The Olympic Village requires 165’000 towels for the duration of the Games. An estimated 260,000 loaves of bread will be eaten by athletes in the Olympic Village. 41 condoms are provided for every athlete.

6 – The Barefoot Marathoner. Running a marathon is hard work. Shoe companies market like crazy to all types of runners, but their advertisements would have been wasted on Abebe Bikila. Abebe, who hailed from Ethiopia, won the gold medal for the marathon in the 1960 Rome Olympics. He was the first African to win a gold, and he did so barefoot. That just goes to show you expensive footwear doesn’t always make the difference.

Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 – The ancient Greek Competed in the nude. Competitors often oiled themselves up for looks, and as a tribute to the Gods. (The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek “gymnos,” which means “naked.”) Those unabashed Greeks even worked out in the nude. Image the anxiety and preening that would cause in a modern gym. At least you’d save some money on your workout clothes. But where would you clip your iPod?

Author: Sonia Piarulli

Sources: Vogue, History1900sabout, Business Insider, theFW

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