Why do they speak French at the Olympics?
It all traces back to Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century when French was considered the language of diplomacy. And, since April 1915, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters have been located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
When did the Olympics go to every 2 years?
The 1994 Winter Olympics, held in Lillehammer, Norway, were the first Winter Games to be held in a different year from the Summer Games. This change resulted from the decision reached in the 91st IOC Session (1986) to separate the Summer and Winter Games and place them in alternating even-numbered years.
How long does the Olympics usually last?
After the opening ceremony, the Games take place over 16 days. Some events, particularly team events, stretch over almost the entire Games. Others cover briefer periods: Swimming and gymnastics, for example, are mostly held in the first week, track and field in the second.
What do the Olympic rings stand for?
The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
Why is everything in the Olympics in English?
That’s because the number of eligible countries determines the order of language spoken. With English spoken in 88 countries worldwide, French with 28 and Spanish with 20, that is the reason English and French are chosen to be the official languages. It’s that simple.