Today is the last day of the decade. We're moving into 2010, the year of the Vancouver Olympic Games; so what better time is there to share some interesting facts on the Olympic Games?
•the Olympic rings symbolize the five continents which compete in the games, and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions. The colors of the rings were chosen because at least one colour appears on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag, with the five rings, was first flown in 1920.
•motor boating was an official sport at the 1908 Olympic Games.
•the last Olympic gold medals that were made of pure gold were awarded at the 1912 Olympic Games.
•the first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924.
•because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940, or 1944.
•gymnasts in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude, because the literal meaning of the Greek word "gymnasium" is "school for naked exercise."