Now You Know: 14 Fun Facts To Elevate Your Olympic ‘Game’

The Opening Night Ceremony is the highlight of the games.

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The line-up of this years parade of nations was in alphabetical order – Portuguese style! Due to birthrights – (birth place of the very first Olympic Games) Greece is always the first out the block.

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Giesale Bundchen, Brazil’s most famous export, is said to have done her last catwalk at the games.

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‘Think Globally, Grow Locally’ . . . How ‘Climate Change’ is effecting all of us – Is this years message (beautifully dramatized by Brazilian dancers).

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 8.45.19 AMThe most anticipated sport was Gymnastics, yet it was men’s basketball that sold out within 10 minutes (go figure)

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Golf is back!! That’s the first time in 112 years

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The United States has 554 delegates, (373 of them first timers) representing . . . . The largest of any nation.

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Once one of three countries that did not allow women to participate in the games, Saudi Arabia now has over 45% women to qualify.

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Baseball was outset in 2012; but will return in Tokyo, Japan in 2020, along with softball; while skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing are expected to join the fun.

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Beijing, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics

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The US gymnasts women will bring some bling with almost 5,000 Swarovski crystals donning each of their leotards.

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The US has never competed in badminton, table tennis, or ping pong.

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Alberto Santos-Dumont (a Brazilian aviation pioneer) was the first person to ever fly an airplane – so say the Brazilians. (don’t shoot the messenger).

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