warspite1 -> All things Olympics and London 2012 (7/21/2012 5:14:52 AM)
With the Games just a week away I thought I would start a thread for any Olympic related stuff. I will also include any interesting bits and pieces I get from the Olympic book I bought earlier in the week (and mentioned in the book thread).
Three facts of the day:
1. The 1964 Tokyo Games were the first held in Asia. The Japanese chose to express the country's successful reconstruction after World War II by choosing Yoshinori Sakai as the final torchbearer. Sakai, quite remarkably, was born in Hiroshima on the very day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on that city [X(]
2. Italy (Rome) hosted the games for the first time in 1960. However, they were down to host the 1908 Games, but decided (understandably) to pull out after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 1906. London came to the rescue - which brings us to our third and final fact of the day.
3. Next week London becomes the first city to host the (official) Modern summer Games three times:
London - 3 (1908,1948 and 2012)
Paris - 2 (1900 & 1924)
Athens - 2 (1896 & 2004) (also hosted the 1906 "Intermediary" Games, but these are not official - more about this to follow).
Los Angeles - 2 (1932 & 1984)
St Louis (1904)
Mexico City (1968)
Berlin was to have held the 1916 games. But the First World War put a stop to that.
Tokyo was to have held the 1940 games. After their invasion of China, the honour was given to Helsinki, but Hitler kind of put an end to that.
London was to have held the 1944 games.