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Summer Olympic Games Trivia

 

  • Ian Thorpe – most Australian Olympic gold medals (5 gold (3 in 2000 Sydney, 2 in 2004 Athens)
  • Edwin Flack – first Australian gold medalist (Athletics – 2 gold 800m & 1500m Athens 1896)
  • Sarah 'Fanny' Durack – first Australian woman gold medalist (Swimming, Stockholm 1912)
  • Sarah 'Fanny' Durack – first women's Swimming gold medal from any country (100m freestyle Stockholm 1912)
  • Nova Peris – first Aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal (Field Hockey Atlanta 1996)
  • Dawn Fraser – first swimmer from any country to win gold in the same event for three consecutive Olympics (100m freestyle in 1956, 1960, 1964)
  • Jana Pittman – first Australian woman to compete in both the Summer Olympics (sprinter 2004 Athens 2000 Sydney) and the Winter Olympics (bobsleigh rider 2014 Sochi)
  • First (and only) time animals were killed on purpose in an Olympic event was in 1900 for the live pigeon shooting event. Australian Donald MacIntosh came third with 18 birds killed.
  • The bronze medals presented to athletes at the 2000 Olympic Games were made from melted down Australian one-cent and two-cent bronze coins that were withdrawn from general circulation in 1992.
  • Only one competitor from Australia (1904 St Louis Olympics).
  • First time Australia hosted the Olympic Games was in Melbourne in 1956. It was the first games to be held in the southern hemisphere.
  • Australia again hosted the Games in Sydney 2000. The Olympic mascots were Syd the platypus, Olly the kookaburra, and Millie the echidna.

Australian Athletes Who Competed in 2 or more Olympic Sports

 Edwin Flack Athletics 1896 Tennis 1896
 Lily Beaurepaire Diving 1920 Swimming 1920
 Peter Macken Fencing 1968 Modern Pentathlon 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976
 Sydney Middleton Rugby 1908 Rowing 1912
 Harry Morris Diving 1928 Wrestling 1928
 Paul Narracott Athletics 1984 Bobsleigh 1992
 Fiona Robinson Basketball 1996 Handball 2000
 Neville Sayers Shooting 1960 Modern Pentathlon 1956, 1960
 Nova Peris Athletics 2000 Hockey 1996
 Donna Kite Athletics 1984 Cycling 1988
 Duncan Page Fencing 1964 Modern Pentathlon 1964, 1968

Only one athlete has competed in three sports at the Olympic Games

 Reginald “Snowy” Baker     Diving 1908, Boxing 1908 and Swimming 1908
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