Olym­pic fe­ver conti­nues

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Thou­sands of re­si­dents tur­ned out in Hud­son, Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, St. La­zare, Pin­court and Ste. Anne de Bel­le­vue last week du­ring Day 40 of the 106 day Olym­pic Torch run.

And with the ex­ci­te­ment sur­roun­ding the up­co­ming games sho­wing no si­gn of slo­wing down, we thought a lit­tle Olym­pic’s tri­via was in or­der:

Did you know modern Olym­pic Games have been around for more than 200 years?

Or that just 258 ath­letes par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the first Olym­pic Games?

Such facts can be found on the Vancouver 2010 Olym­picGames web­site.

Ac­cor­ding to the site, the first modern Olym­pic Games were held in sum­mer in 1896. And be­lieve it or not ice ska­ting was among fea­tu­red sports se­ve­ral years la­ter, du­ring the 1908 sum­mer Olym­pics. Ap­pa­rent­ly, ice could be kept cold on hot days even back then.

Even­tual­ly ho­we­ver, it was de­ci­ded that win­ter sports should be played du­ring col­der months and the first Olym­picWin­ter Games were held in 1924, in Cha­mo­nix, France.

The first gold me­dal at the first win­ter games went to speed ska­ter Charles Jew­traw of theU­ni­ted States.

Fin­nish speed ska­ter A. Clas Thun­berg top­ped that though, ear­ning me­dals in five out of five speed ska­ting events.

And it may sur­prise none to learn the Ca­na­dian ice ho­ckey team won all five of their matches that year, outs­co­ring op­po­nents 110 to 3, ac­cor­ding to the site.

PHOTO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

St. La­zare torch run­ners got rea­dy for their mo­ments of glo­ry af­ter un­loa­ding from an of­fi­cial ve­hicle last week.

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