30FIFTEEN LOVES THE OLYMPICS!!!
Everyone is aware of the hype surrounding this year's Olympics in Rio, and the 30Fifteen team is glued to the television. We just can't get enough of the games - especially the tennis! So, to celebrate the spirit of the games, we put together a post of Olympic fun facts and history.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Olympics originated in Ancient Greece, and was held once every four years. This period of four years was called an Olympiad, and time was measured in Olympiads rather than years.
The Olympic Games made a comeback in 1896 and became the modern version of the games that we watch today! In the spirit of the Olympic origins, the founder: Pierre de Coubertin, held the 1896 games in Athens, Greece. That iconic five ringed symbol? Its representative of the five continents coming together for the games.
Women were not allowed to participate in the Olympics until the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. The photo above is of Suzanne Lenglen, a gold medalist for tennis in the 1920 games; you can read more about Lenglen at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As for tennis, the sport withdrew from the Olympics in 1924. Thank GOODNESS tennis was reintroduced to the games in 1988.
As for this year's Olympic Games, they're the first games to be held in a South American country. Rio beat out places like, Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo!
If you're curious to learn more about the Olympics, be sure to stop by their main page here. There is SO much information there, but before you go, leave us a comment! What's your favorite Olympic event?