With the 2018 Winter Olympics still going strong, we’re all stuck to our TV and computer screens watching all those talented athletes setting new amazing records, and generally cheering for your country. But things weren’t always this smooth for the Olympics, in fact, did you know they started out with a bunch of people beating up each other using deadly gloves? Yeah, those good old days…
Either way, here are 10 surprising facts you didn’t know about the Olympics!
1. Bloody Start
Imagine boxers whamming each other with fists covered in sharp bloody spikes. That’s what the ancient Olympics were all about.
2. First Modern Olympics
Did you know that the first ever modern Olympics also took place in Greece? Athens, 1896, to be specific, and the whole shebang cost around $450,000.
3. Pie or Gold Medal
Here’s a question for you: would you rather have the most expensive pie ever or an Olympic gold medal? Turns out the gold medal is worth around $700, while the most expensive pie ever from Fence Gate Inn in Lancashire, England, costs twice as much!
4. No Olympics for You!
What does Africa and Antarctica have in common? I mean, aside from starting and ending with the same letter. The answer is: they’re the only 2 continents where there were no Olympics. Till 2016 South America was the third one, but then Rio happened.