Why do Olympians bite their medals? How do you win points in curling? What's the difference between ice dancing and figure skating? Well, I'm glad you asked. Read on for the answers!
1. Do the rings on the Olympic flag mean anything?
They sure do!
The Olympic ring symbol was developed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. According to him, the colors of the rings (together with the white background) include the colors found in the flags of every competing nation.
While we’re talking Olympic symbols, did you know the official motto of the Olympics is “Citius, Altius, Fortius”?
That’s Latin for “Faster, Higher Stronger,” and is also preetttyyy close to being a new Daft Punk song.
2. Where does the fire from the Olympic Flame come from?
The Olympic Flame is yet another symbol found at the games. People sure do love their symbolism, huh?
It commemorates the Greek myth of Prometheus stealing fire from Zeus and has been part of the Olympic Games since 1928.
You’re probably already familiar with the tradition of having people relay the torch throughout the host country, but how does the very first torch get lit?
Interestingly enough, it’s not just from any ol’ campfire.
Several months before the opening ceremony, eleven women representing the Vesta Virgins meet at the Temple of Hera in Greece. There, the torch is lit by the Sun’s rays with the use of a parabolic mirror.
Pretty badass, right?
3. Why do Olympians bite their medals?
Because they taste good!
Nah, just kidding.
Actually, the main reason is that photographers ask them to bite their medals because it looks good in pictures and is more interesting than simply having the athletes stand there smiling. Back in 2010, German luger David Moeller actually chipped his tooth biting down his silver medal!
And while we’re talking about medals…