Did You Know …
that since 2008 Ralph Lauren has been the official outfitter for the U.S. Olympic teams?
that although the U.S. Olympic uniforms were initially made in China, now they are made exclusively in the United States, outfitting 1,100 U.S. athletes and officials.
that anyone can buy the official U.S. Olympic team uniforms and a portion of the proceeds will go to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), which supports the Olympic athletes.
that the United States government does not contribute a cent to fund the U.S. athletes to compete in the world games, unlike most other countries who do help their competing athletes. Support comes from the United States Olympic Committee, private funders, and partners such as Ralph Lauren.
that the Olympic torch is lit using the rays of the sun, in front of the Temple of Hera, in Olympia, Greece—just as it was nearly 2,800 years ago, with a concave mirror.
that not since 1912 have Gold medals been made of solid gold, but rather mostly silver with a hint of bronze and gold, worth about $500.
that one of the four historical Jesse Owens 1936 gold medals sold to billionaire Ron Burkle for nearly $1.5 million.
that between 1912-1948 Olympic medals were awarded for the arts including music, literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture.
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