The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, is a major international multi-sport event which is being celebrated in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, 2008 followed by the 208 Summer Paralympics from September 6 to September 17. 10,500 athletes from 204 nations are expected to compete in 302 events in 28 sports.
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Olympic Fun Facts:
– The first ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC!
– The five interlocking rings of the Olympic flag symbolize the five continents of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas) “linked together in friendship”. Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin claimed that at least one of the rings’ colors (blue, yellow, black, green, and red, along with the white background) was present in each country’s national flag.
– United States swimmer Michael Phelps has just become the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history, now with 11 gold medals — and counting.
– The United States has won more medals (2,189 and counting) at the Summer Games than any other country.
– Each Olympic medal is about 2.75 inches (70 mm) in diameter, about a quarter inch (6 mm) thickness, and weighs about five ounces.
– Softball and baseball will be removed from the Olympic Program following the Beijing Games.
– The next summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England.
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Try incorporating this memorable event into your center and have the children draw their own interpretation of the summer Olympics. This is a great memento to take home and they will have a blast doing it!