Arguably the most hyped event of 2012, the London Olympics has some quirky facts of its own. Here are a few of them:
London is the first city to host the Olympics three times.
Used sports equipment will be donated to different charities when the games end.
The International Broadcast Centre, a centre for the press is as large as six full-size football pitches.
The Olympic Park‘s construction began in May 2008.
London 2012 will be the first to have live 3D Olympic Games telecast.
The Olympic flame isn’t lit using matches. Instead, it is lit in Olympia every two years using the sun’s rays and a concave reflective mirror.
The last time that solid gold medals were awarded to Olympic champions was at the 1912 Stockholm Games.
Olympic announcements are always made in English, French and the host’s language.
The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
Three continents have never hosted the Olympics: Africa, South America and Antarctica.
Larrisa Latynina, a gymnast from the former Soviet Union, finished her Summer Olympic Games career with 18 medals in total — the most ever won in history.
No white person has ever run 100 metres in under 10 seconds.
By Crystal Ng Pei Qi
17, Kuala Lumpur