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