Where everything starts … The Olympic Games were originally called “Ancient Olympic Games” and were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AC. Many things happened in the middle, but finally in the 17th century the name of this event changed as we know it nowadays.
These three words encourage the athlete to give his heartor her best during competition, and to view this effortas a victory in itself . To better understand the motto, we can compare it with the following well- known phrase: the most important thing is not to win but to take part.
Olympics are much more than sportingexcelence… There are some Values due to have better competitions and relationships during the Olympic Games: Respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health. Excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives Friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
The Olympics against the warThe Olympic Gameswere banned in threeoccasions: the editionof 1916 as aconsequence of theFirst World War whichbegan in 1914 andfinished in 1918. In1940 and 1944 theywere banned becauseof the Second WorldWar (1939 – 1945).
The Olympic Rings The five Olympic rings represent the five continents involved in the Olympics and were designed in 1912, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics
Femenine Pole VaultingPole vaulting is a trackand field event in which aperson uses a long,flexible pole as an aid toleap over a bar. Polejumping competitionswere known to theancient Greeks, as well asthe Cretans and Celts An interesting fact it is that it has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and not for women until 2000
Everybody can compete!The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability compete; this includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games
To know a little bit more… It wasnt until 1900 that women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games. The first Olympics covered by U.S. television was the 1960 Summer Games in Rome by CBS. The three continents Africa, South America, and Antarctica have never hosted the Olympic games. The oldest Olympic medalist was Oscar Swahn of Sweden, he won his last medal at the age of 72.
The mostimportantthing is not towin but totake part…