History Stories
CATEGORY: Olympics
Russia Isn’t the First Country to be Banned from the Olympics
December 5, 2017

Typically the punishment has been levied on countries that start wars or violate human rights. Read More

The Olympic Marathon’s Outlandish Early History
August 19, 2016

Read the bizarre history of the first Olympic marathons. Read More

The Olympics Held Behind Nazi Barbed Wire
August 8, 2016

Although World War II forced the cancellation of the 1944 Summer Games, an unofficial Olympics took place in a most unlikely setting—a Nazi prisoner of war camp. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the First Modern Olympics
April 6, 2016

Explore 10 little-known facts about the first modern Olympics. Read More

The Miracle on Ice, 35 Years Ago
February 19, 2015

Thirty-five years after the U.S. hockey team pulled off their ‘miracle’ win over the Soviet Union, learn the story behind one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history. Read More

8 Unusual Facts About the 1904 St. Louis Olympics
August 29, 2014

Explore eight surprising facts about one of weirdest and wildest Summer Games in Olympic history. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About the Winter Olympics
February 18, 2014

As the Sochi Winter Games enter their final days, explore 10 surprising facts about the Winter Olympics. Read More

The First Winter Olympics
February 6, 2014

As the XXII Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, look back at the humble origins of the Winter Games 90 years ago. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens
September 12, 2013

On the anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion. Read More

5 Myths About the Ancient Olympics
August 10, 2012

Although shrouded in myth, the ancient Olympics were surprisingly similar to the modern Olympic Games. Read More