In just a few short months, the Tokyo Olympics will be history. Between now and the start on July 24, 2020, there are so many things to look forward to and to watch. The summer Olympics are known for many things but certainly swimming is one of the most watched competitions.
Here are some fun swimming Olympic facts:
- It was 1896 when swimming was introduced to the Olympics. Diving was introduced in 1904.
- The United States won all swimming events at the 1948 Olympics in London.
- The US has won more medals at the Summer Olympics than anyone else. Ever. Norway has won the most winter Olympic metals.
- The five Olympic rings represent the five inhabited continents of the world using a loose interpretation of “continent” that includes Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
The summer Olympics include swimming and synchronized swimming. In the earlier years, swimming completions were held to open pools where neither wave depth, pool depth or wave elimination mattered. They did. Male swimmers wore full body suits until 1946 and butterfly stokes were not allowed until 1956. Swimming was much about staying alive. Then it became style.
So a few more fun facts:
- Japan will be hosting it’s fourth Games starting with the Summer Games of 1964, Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano and now the Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo, one of the safest cities in the world.
- Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid to host this year’s Summer Games.
- This will be a very expensive Olympics. First estimates were around around 6.8 billion dollars, but more recent estimates put the cost for all Games-related expenses at around around 20 billion dollars.
- 3 on 3 basketball, softball and baseball will all be represented. Skateboarding will be making it’s debut along with surfing, sport climbing and karate.
- Keep your eyes open for driverless cars, mass use of facial recognition, robotic luggage assistants at the airport, and word has it, a man-made meteor shower.
- Unless he changes his mind, these will be the first Phelps-less Games since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
Watch for these and other exciting activities surrounding the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and all your favorite swimmers!