The Olympic games are multidisciplinarysporting events involving athletes fromaround the world, in ancient Greece theywere dedicated to the god Zeus. There aretwo types of Olympics: Summer Olympics andWinter Olympics each taking place everyfour years. The organization responsible forconducting them is the International OlympicCommittee (for short, IOC).
The Olympic symbol consists of five rings that represent the five continents of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. They are intertwined to symbolize friendship between all countries.
WENLOCK: It’s name is inspiredby Much Wenlock in Shropshire,England. Wenlock has 5 braceletson his wrist. Each is the color ofeach of the rings Olympic. It hasthree points on it’s headrepresenting the 3 places on thepodium. The pattern in his body isthe logo of the games, everyonestands for London in 2012. Hisface is the shape of the roof ofOlympic Stadium.
It’s name comes from StokeMandeville Hospital in Aylesbury,Buckinhamshire, England hostedthe Stoke Mandeville Games,which were inspiration for theParalympic Games. Mandevilleuses a stopwatch on his wristpink, which reads 0:20:12. Hishead which looks like a helmet,has three points in blue, red andgreen, representing theParalympic symbol.
The 2012 Olympics will be covering twenty-six tothirty-nine disciplines. With respect to the previousedition, there will be two sports removed (baseballand softball). However, there will be some newsports: womens boxing, in cycling track and tenniswill be added in the mixed doubles competition..Also the number of competitions for each gendershall be five, unlike in the last Olympics where it wasfive for men and three for women,
CYCLING: The road race usually takes place from spring to autumn in the northern hemisphere.
This sport is played on natural grass or artificial (synthetic lawn with water or sand) without skates of any kind, with a stick, which has a flat face and a curve with a solid plastic ball and penalty cards: green , yellow and red
It is a team sportplayed between twoteams of 11 players eachand four refereesdealing with the rulesthat are properlyfollowed. It is widelyconsidered the worldsmost popular sportbecause it involved some270 million people
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• The Olympic Games, are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.
• The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, in southwest Greece. The Games were part of a religious festival. The Greek Olympics, thought to have begun in 776 BC, inspired the modern Olympic Games (begun in 1896) The Games were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods, and were staged every four years at Olympia, a valley near a city called Elis. People from all over the Greek world came to watch and take part.
• Football is a game that two teams of 11 players have to score a goal. You can’t touch the ball with your hands. • Tennis is a game that two players have to use a racket and a ball to score a point.• Basketball is a game that two teams of 5 players have to score a point with a ball making a basquet into the basket and you can only use your hands.
• They only have one pair of eyes between them and look like Sonic the Hedgehog crossed with a character from the Disney film Monsters Inc.• But you had better get used to these strange blob-like creatures because Wenlock and Mandeville, as they are known, are the mascots for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics respectively, and will be all over Britain for the next two years.• Following the ridicule over the £400,000 Olympic logo, their creators will be hoping that Wenlock and Mandeville get a more favourable reception - even though they too carry the much- mocked 2012 image.
• The Olympics originally started as a series of competitions between representatives from cities in Ancient Greece. The events were mainly athletic, but also included combat and chariot racing. In this era the Olympics were of fundamental religious importance as the events were held in parallel with rituals to honor Zeus and Pelops, mythical kings of Olympia- the location of the original Olympic ‘stadium’. The Olympics were held every four years and this period, known as Olympiad, was used by the ancient Greeks as a way of time measurement. Winning an event was of great value and recognition as the winners were idolised by the Greeks on a national level. The winners were also immortalized through the writing of poems and construction of statues. Many winners are documented in ancient Greek myths and legends, stories still being told to this day.
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• The Olimpics Games are multidisciplinary sporting events involving athletes from around the world, in ancient Greece the games were dedicated to the god Zeus. There are two types of Olympics: Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics, each taking place every 4 years. The organization responsible for conducting them is the International Olympic Committee (for short, IOC).
• The current Olympic Games were inspired in the eighth century BC when the ancient Greeks organized games in the city of Olympia. Then in the nineteenth century, the idea of making some events similar to those organized in Ancient Greece, were mentally materialize thanks to the efforts of the French nobleman Pierre Fredy, Baron de Coubertin. The first edition of the so- called Olympics of the modern era was held in Athens, capital of Greece.
• Basketball is a team sport, the objective being to shoot a ball through a basket horizontally positioned to score points while following a set of rules. Usually, two teams of five players play on a marked rectangular court with a basket at each width end. Basketball is one of the worlds most popular and widely viewed sports.
• Water polo, or Water ball, is a team water sport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeeper. The winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals. Game play involves swimming, treading water. players pass the ball while being defended by opponents, and score by throwing the ball into a net defended by a goalie.
• Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive partner sport combining the strength, flexibility and technical precision of gymnastics with the grace and musicality of dance as well as the trust and camaraderie of a dedicated partnership. All acrobats perform in pairs or groups and must specify a level or be within the above age categories. The events that acrobats perform in are:• womens pairs (two females);• mens pairs (two males);• mixed pairs (a male base and a female top);• womens groups (three females);• mens groups/quad (four males).
Wenlock has 5 friendship bracelets on his wrist. Each color is one of the Olympic rings. It has three points on it’s head representing the 3 places on the podium. The logo of the games in his body symbolizes the world moving towards London in 2012. His face is the shape of the roof of Olympic Stadium.The name of Mandeville, meanwhile, refers to Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire. There, in the year 1948-the same day the Olympic Games opened in London, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organized a competition for veterans of World War II who suffered spinal cord injuries, which laid the foundation for Paralympic Games.
• The Olympic Games are important to us because the countries join in peace and anyone can compete. However they can not join if they are discapacitate or injuried in any way, thats why the Parolimpic Games were invented.
The Olympic Games, are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.
• How did they begin?• Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.• HERE ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT SPORTS PLAYED IN THE OLYMPICS:
In hockey, players try to get points by hitting an object into the other teams goal with a stick. There are two main ways that hockey is played. Hockey can refer to:• Ice hockey is played on ice. Players on each team wear ice skates and try to hit a small rubber disc called a hockey puck into the other teams goal. There are 6 players on each team. It can be played indoors or outdoors, but professionals play indoors in arenas. Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in the world.• Field hockey is played with a ball on grass or Astroturf. Teams have 11 players each. Field hockey is only played outdoors, but there is Indoor Field Hockey.
• Basketball is a very popular sport worldwide, played with a round, orange ball that bounces. The ball is also called a basketball. The sport was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, by a professor named Dr. James Naismith in the year 1891.• Basketball is now the second most popular sport in the world. It has been played in the summer Olympic Games since 1936. Womens basketball is also a popular sport, though it does not receive nearly as much attention.
Synchronized Swimming…• is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Olympic and World Championship competition is not open to men, but other international and national competitions allow male competitors.
The mascots for the 2012 Olympicgames are the one-eyed characters‘Wenlock and ‘Mandeville‘. Theywere created from the last twodrops of British steel used for theLondon 2012Olympic stadium: that’s why we’reso shiny, reflecting the people,places and thingswe meet along the way as we travelaround the UK. ‘Wenlock and‘Mandeville are just as flexible asthe rest of the 2012 identity,with their appearance changing toincorporate different elements ofthe branding elements.
my name is inspired by much wenlock in shropshire, a town that is at the heart of Olympic history. in the 19th century, baron Pierre de Coubertin was invited there to watch the ‘much wenlock games’ inspired by the Olympic games of ancient Greece. De Coubertin was inspired by the wenlock games too, and went on to found the modern Olympic movement. The much wenlock games are still held annually to this day! ‘The light on my head is inspired by the lights on Londons iconic black taxis. the shape of the front of my head is based on the shape of the Olympic stadium roof. my eye is a camera lens, capturing everything I see as I go..
‘My name is inspired by Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympics games. On the same day as the opening ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic games, Sir Ludwig Guttmann held his own sport competition in Stoke Mandeville for World War II soldiers with spinal injuries. the Stoke Mandeville games grew and grew until they became the Paralympics Games.
Why are the Olympic so important?One of the reasons that the Olympic Games are so important to all countries is because that it is the only place where they can show how tough their country is a certain sport and because it is a way that countries can unite and come together.