Interesting Facts About the US and Olympics

Olympic Games have been and remain to be a historical event that fans look forward to every four years. Hosting the games is considered a privilege and countries interested in doing so are required to submit bids every two years.

Selection is done through a rigorous process that goes on for ten months. If a city ticks all the requirement boxes, which include proving it is big enough to accommodate athletes, fans and tourists from all over the world, it is moved to the next phase and is now awarded the ‘Candidate City’ status. After paying the hosting fee, which is incredibly high to the International Olympic Committee, the final judgement is done, and an announcement is made.

When Denver stepped down as host

In 1976, Denver, Colorado, was the venue for the Winter Olympics, but this was not to be. When the reality of the amount of money needed to host the games sets in, the city threw in the towel and the games were moved to Innsbruck, Austria. Denver had been chosen over Vancouver (Canada), Tampere (Finland) and Sion, Switzerland.

Horses and dogs in Winter Olympics

During the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, canines were part of the demonstration sport of sled dog racing. Horses were also present during the 1928 Winter Games, but in both events, no medals were awarded. It is also at Lake Placid which hosted the Olympics in 1980 that a country boycotted the event for the first time. Taiwan refused to take part when its bid to be called the Republic of China was turned down by IOC.

The man who won gold in both Summer and Winter Olympics

It is not a mean feat to bag a gold in both Summer and Winter Olympics and this exactly what Eddie Eagan, a boxer did during the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games, and the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.