The BeginningThe Olympics began in 776 B.C in ancientGreece. The only event for the first thirteenOlympics was the 100 and 400m sprint. Thencame along the Pentathlon which had differentevents these were discus, javelin, jumpingrunning and wrestling, then followed a fewOlympics later the Equestrian events. The onlypeople who were aloud to enter were peoplefrom Greece.
Greek GodsThe Olympics were held to please the Greekgods/goddesses- Aphrodite (the goddess of love), Apollo(the god of light), Ares (god of war), Artemis (Goddess ofthe moon, forest, childbirth and the hunt), Athena (thedaughter of Zeus Goddess of wisdom and war), Hades (thegod of the under world), Hephaestus (the god of fire), Hera(Queen of the gods, the wife of Zeus), Hermes (the god ofbusiness, the messenger), Hestia (goddess of home),Poseidon (god of the sea and earthquakes) and the God ofthe Gods Zeus.
Modern DayThe Olympics have grown and become an international event, and they arenow the highest level of sport in the world. We’ve come so far than justrunning - The events for this year’s Olympic games are- Archery, Athletics,Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint,Cycling- BMX, Cycling- Mountain, Cycling- Road, Cycling- Track, Diving,Equestrian- Dressage, Equestrian- Eventing, Fencing, Football (soccer),Gymnastics- Artistic, Gymnastics- Rhythmic, Gymnastics- Trampoline,Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting,Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis,Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting and Wrestling. I have twoquestions for the events, Why did they drop softball as an Olympic sport?Why is Baseball not there considering that it is a worldwide sport?
Olympic Track and Field Records• The only Australian man to hold an Olympic Record in the track and field is Steve Hooker in the pole vault when he jumped 5.96m• The only man to currently hold three Olympic records is Usain Bolt, he has the 100m with a time of 9.69m about ten meters to go he stuck out hes chest and pounded on it and still thrashed the record by a tiny bit less than a second! He also has the 200m world record with a lightning fast time of 19.30 and he is also a part of Jamaicas 4x100 relay team which has a world record time of 37.10.• Michael Johnson of America proved that long strides = faster times is a false theory when he broke the 400m world record with a time of 43.49.
Olympic Swimming moment of generosityThe Aussies have 8 Olympic records. The mostfamous is the one by Ian Thorpe when he fellinto the pool at the team trials for the Olympicsbut the extremely generous winner of the trialgave up his spot in the team and gave hisposition to Thorpe. Ian Thorpe went on to breakthe 100m Freestyle Olympic record.
Olympic Symbols• The five Olympic rings represent the five continents that compete in the Olympics, they were designed in 1912, chosen as the symbol for the Olympics in 1914 and adopted in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.• The Olympic torch is commemorating the theft of fire by the Greek god Prometheus.