- The Olympic motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." The phrase was chosen by Pierre de Coubertin, which he borrowed from his friend, Father Henri Didon.
- The Olympic Creed reads as follows:
important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have
conquered but to have fought well."
4. The Olympic flame originated in the ancient Olympic games of Greece. The Greek would light the
flame via sunlight and keep the flame burning until the conclusion of the games. As an ode to the
ancient games, the torch is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing togas and using a
curved mirror to reflect the sun. The torch is then carried from Olympia to the hosting city to represent
the continuation from the original Olympic games to the modern Olympics.
5. The Olympic gold medals are not fully gold. In fact, the last time the medals were made completely of
gold was in 1912.
6. During the Opening Ceremony Procession, the athletes are always led by the Greek team. The teams
follow in alphabetical order (according to that country's native language). The last team is always the
7. In order to make things fair in regards to where the Olympic Games are hosted, the IOC gives the
hosting honors to the city rather than the country.