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Olympic motto first used at the 1924 Paris Olympics (The original Olympic motto was made up of three Latin words: Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger." It was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Games, and was first used in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris)
On July 21, 2021 the the International Olympic Committee amended the motto to include the word "Together," highlighting the need for solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The motto now reads: "Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together". The Latin version will become: Citius, Altius, Fortius - Communis.
Off to work............................
Paris, France - The city hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1900, 1924 and will host again in 2024.
The 1900 Summer Olympics, today officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad and commonly known as Paris 1900, took place in Paris, France, in 1900. No opening or closing ceremonies were held. Competitions began on 14 May and ended on 28 October. The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. In total, 997 competitors took part in 19 different sports.
The 1924 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the VIII Olympiad and commonly known as Paris 1924, was celebrated in 1924 in Paris, France. It was the second time Paris hosted the games, becoming the first city to host the Olympics twice. The opening ceremony was held on 5 July, but some competitions were already started from 4 May. The Olympics closed on 27 July. The cost of these Games was estimated to be 10,000,000F. With total receipts at 5,496,610F, the Olympics resulted in a hefty loss despite crowds that reached up to 60,000 in number daily.
The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad and commonly known as Paris 2024, is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France. Having previously played host in 1900 and 1924, Paris will become the second city to host the Summer Olympics three times, after London (1908, 1948 and 2012). 2024 will mark the centenary of the Paris Games of 1924 and the sixth Olympic Games hosted by France (three in summer and three in winter).
I watched this last night, she was amazing..................
Quan Hongchan (is a Chinese diver, national champion, and Olympic champion. She won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the individual 10-metre platform event)
Had the Olympics happened last year as planned, she wouldn't have been able to compete because she was only 13. As it was she was the youngest athlete at the 2020 Olympics
She won the gold medal with an overall score of 466.20 points, breaking the previous Olympic record of 447.70 set by Chen Ruolin during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Of her five dives, three were perfect dives, two of which earned straight scores of 10 from all seven judges
Calling it a night..........................
Mark Spitz - is an American former competitive swimmer and nine-time Olympic champion. He was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, winning seven gold medals, all in world record time. This was an achievement that lasted for 36 years until it was surpassed by fellow American Michael Phelps, who won eight golds at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze, in addition to five Pan American golds, 31 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles. During those years, he set 35 world records, two of which were in trials and unofficial. Swimming World Magazine named him World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971, and 1972. He was the third athlete to win nine Olympic gold medals.
Comment: I remember at the time the mustache was a "thing". You just didn't see many American Olympians, much less swimmers, with a mustache.
Tatsumi Water Polo Centre Tokyo
This iconic and spacious venue was designed in 1990 to serve as the main facility for swimming and other water sports in the Tokyo area.
United By Emotion (The Tokyo 2020 Olympics select a motto a scant five months before the Games. "United by Emotion" is the slogan organizers plan to make part of the image of the Games. The motto emphasizes the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to connect and celebrate in a way that reaches beyond their differences. The Games Motto encapsulates the Games vision, capturing the essence of the ideas and concepts that the host city wishes to share with the world)
Amy Van Dyken - is an American former competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. She won six Olympic gold medals in her career, four of which she won at the 1996 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish such a feat and the most successful athlete at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She won gold in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay. Van Dyken suffered from severe asthma throughout her childhood and into adulthood. She began swimming on the advice of a doctor as a way to strengthen her lungs to cope with her condition and prevent future asthma attacks. On June 6, 2014, Van Dyken was injured in a severe ATV accident that severed her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.
Stanislawa Walasiewicz (also known as Stefania Walasiewicz, and Stella Walsh, was a Polish-American track and field athlete, who became a women's Olympic champion at the 1932 in Los Angeles in the 100 metres. Born in Poland and raised in the United States, she became an American citizen in 1947)
With Helen Stephens at the 1936 Olympics (remember she was accused of being male by a Polish reporter, you'll soon see the irony)...........
Well here's where Stella's story takes an interesting turn...........................
Walsh was killed during an armed robbery in a parking lot in Cleveland, on 4 December 1980. She was buying ribbons for a welcoming ceremony for visiting Polish basketball players. An autopsy showed that she had no uterus, an abnormal urethra, and a non-functioning, underdeveloped penis, although some sources suggest she also displayed female characteristics. Chromosome analysis revealed that most of her cells contained normal X and Y (male) chromosomes but some were X0 (containing only one X chromosome), resulting in XY gonadal dysgenesis. The controversy of her biological sex remains unresolved, and the situation is further complicated as many earlier documents, including her birth record, state that she was female; the Cuyahoga County coroner, Samuel Gerber, stated that Walasiewicz was "socially, culturally and legally" a woman. There has also been controversy over whether her records and achievements should be erased.............
A book and documentary about her life...........................
Xie Siyi - is a Chinese diver. He has won four gold medals at the World Championships and two Olympic gold medals. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Xie won the gold in the 3m springboard event. He scored over 85 points with each of his six dives to reach a total score of 558.75 and broke the Men's Olympics 3m springboard record. He also partnered with Wang Zongyuan in the men’s 3m synchro event and the pair won gold.