The ancient Olympic gamesThe first Olympic Games took place inOlympia in Eleia in 1370 B.C.To see who raised t he flame athletesran about 185 m.The first winner wasCoroebus of Eleia, in 776 B.C. The prizewinners took olive branches whichsymbolize vitality.At first the gameslasted 1 day but in 632 B.C 5days.Women were not allowed to watchthe men because they were naked.The most important thing of the OlympicGames was in the period of Pericles (490– 429b.c.) when Athens dominated inthe world of classical Greek art andculture.When the Olympic Games tookplace -every four years- the warsstopped. The ancient Olympic Gameslasted for 1000 years, 293 totalOlympiads. In 393 AD Theodosius theGreat banned everything that had to dowith paganism and with the continuationof the Olympic Games.
The modern Olympic gamesThe person who first restarted theOlympic games was Mr Pier deCoubertin after some very importantancient discoveries which were atancient Olympia at the end of 19thcentury. The first country that assumedthe responsibility to organize theOlympic games was Greece(Athens1896). These games had 285participants from 14 countries whocompeted in athletics, cycling, rowing, fencing, weightlifting, gymnastics, swimming,wrestling, horse racing , sailing, tennisand shooting. Later in the program ofthe Olympic games three moresports, football, basketball, hokey wereadded.
The cities which organized Olympic gamesAthens (Greece) 1896Paris (France) 1900Saint Louis (USA) 1904London (United Kingdom) 1908Stockholm (Sweden) 1912Amversa (Belgium) 1920Paris (France) 1924Amsterdam (Holland) 1928Los Angeles (USA) 1932Berlin (Germany) 1936London (United Kingdom) 1948Helsinki (Finland) 1952Melbourne (Australia) 1956Rome (Italia) 1960Tokyo (Japan) 1964Mexico City (Mexico) 1968Munich (Germany) 1972Montreal (Canada) 1976Moscow (Russia) 1980Los Angeles (USA)1984Seoul (South Korea) 1988Barcelona (Spain)1992Atlanta (USA) 1996Sidney (Australia) 2000Athens (Greece) 2004Beijiin (China) 2008London (United Kingdom) 2012
The Olympic games in GreeceThe first Olympic games inGreece is in1896The second Olympicgames in Greece is in2004
Greek Olympic winnersEva Christodoulou is a Greekformer gymnast, gymnastics("Ensemble") ,and an Olympicchampion and now she is acoach. She particularlyexcelled at the Olympic Gamesin Sydney, where she won thebronze medal with the nationalteam (Womens Ensemble)Sophia Bekatorou is a Greeksailor, an athlete of NCTzitzifies Kallithea and twiceOlympic medalist(2004, 2008). At the OlympicGames in Athens in 2004 shewon the gold medal in 470category. At the 2008Olympics in Beijing she won abronze medal together withSofia Papadopoulou andVirginia Kravarioti.Pyrros Dimas is an Olympicweightlifting athlete. He is threetimes gold (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta1996 and Sydney 2000) andbronze medalist once in theOlympic Games in Athens in 2004.The most successful athlete inOlympic history of Greek sport heis the only weightlifter until todaywith three gold and one bronzeOlympic medalsChrissopigi Devetzi is an athlete oftriple jump and long jump, with greathonors. Considered as one of thegreatest athletes in the history oftriplicate after holding the fourth bestperformance of all time in this eventwith 15.32 meters, she achievedperformance in the triple jumpqualifying at the 2004 OlympicGames in Athens on August21, 2004.
Ilias Iliadis was an olympicmedalist in (2004), worldchampion in (2010) andtwice European champion in(2004, 2011) in judo.Thomas Bimis is a medalist of synchronized diving. With histeam-mate Niko Syranidi, they won the gold medal insynchronized diving 3 m springboard at the 2004 OlympicGames in Athens.They both have shown good performances since 2000. Forthe first time they took part in the Olympic Games in Sydneyin 2000, occupying the 36th position. Bimis had the biggestsuccess in his career, at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.In February 2008 the two men claimed a place in the 2008Olympics in Beijing.Greek Olympic winners
Greek Olympic winnersVassilis Polymeros is a Greek rowingchampion, twice Olympic champion in 2004 and2008 competed in the double sculls lightweight.In 1996 he took part in the OlympicGames in Atlanta, and was ranked 10th. At theOlympic Games in Sydney (2000) he took theeighth place in the double sculls, along withPanagiotis Miliotis. In 2001 he won a silvermedal at the World Championships in quadruplesculls lightweight along withKourkouriki, Skiathitis and Milioti. InOlympics 2004 in Athens Vassilis Polymerosand Nikos Skiathitis won the bronze medal inthe 2,000 meters, the double sculls lightweight.Anastasia (Tasoula) Kelesidou isdiskobolus.I Tasoula samples showed hertalent from an early age. He went toSydney for the Olympic Games in 2000 asone of the favorites, and vindicated thistitle as he won the silver medal and secondplace in that event.After so many second and third positionsin major competitions Tasoula Kelesidousearched for the gold medal at the 2004Olympics in Athens, something thatseemed possible if one takes into accountthe performance that year (67.03 m).Passed the final and celebrated with athrow in 66.68 meters lapped until the fifthattempt, but ultimately once again won thesilver medal.