OLYMPIA The Olympic Games have a long history. The first olympic Games were in Olympia , Greece. People think the Olympics began in 776 BC. The Games were at the same place, every four years.
The Gods were the focus of the original Olympics in Greece. The Olympics were held to honor Zeus – the most important God in Greek mythology. The first Olympic event was the Stadion, a 200 metre running race. Other events were added in following years, including: jumping, chariot racing, wrestling, discus throwing, and horseracing Any Greek man who was not a slave could compete. Female athletes unfortunately were not allowed.
Pierre de Coubertin, a French Baron, believed passionately in the Olympic ideal that enemies could be united in a sporting competition. He believed that an event such as the Olympics could be used to promote peace. He helped create the International Olympic Committee and worked very hard to promote his idea to other countries.