The OlympicsHow did they start are why are they so popular?
What are the Olympics?• The Olympics are a game which was founded in Olympia, Greece, back in the 8th Century BC.• The games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter Olympics.• The Olympics mostly consist of athletic games, and there are about 40 sports played in the Olympics every year.• In the 2008 Olympics, there was about 3.2 billion viewers who watch the Olympics from their TV’s.
The Olympic ringsEver since the modern Olympics started, the Olympic rings have been their sign.These rings were designed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1912. They show five ringsall connected. The colors are blue, yellow, black, green, and red, all on a whitebackground. The colors were picked because all of the colors came from the 5parts of the world which had won an Olympic metal in the past, and which werenow still involved in the Olympics.
The Medals The Olympic Metals are awarded for winning 1st, 2nd, of 3rd Place in theOlympics. The metals are different every 4 years, depending on the country which ishosting the Olympics. The Olympic metals above were given in Beijing, China, in2008. The 2nd place and 3rd place are pure Bronze and silver, but the gold medal isjust gold plated. The last pure gold medal was Given in the 2012 Olympics.
The Games• There are many sports played in the Olympics. These are some games played in the summer Olympics:• Archery Athletics• Badminton Basketball• Boxing Fencing• Field hockey Football• Handball Table tennis• Tennis Triathlon• Weightlifting
The games• These are some of the games played in the winter Olympics:• Figure Skating Speed Skating• Short Track Speed Skating Ice Hokey• Curing Cross Country• Alpine Skiing Ski Jumping• Free Style Skiing Snowboarding• Biathlon: Luge Bobsleigh Skeleton
Ancient Olympic Games• The games were originally held in honor of Zeus.• Only free-men who spoke Greek could compete in the games.• The games did not travel. They were held in Olympia, Greece every four years.• The winner had his name written in the official Olympic Record, and they were crowned with a olive wreath.• If a married woman tried to enter the stadium during the games, they would be killed.• The ancient Olympic sports were:• Boxing Discus (part of Pentathlon)• Equestrian Events Javelin (part of Pentathlon)• Jumping Pankration• Pentathlon Running• Wrestling• They Lasted 776 BC to 393 AD
What happens after the games?• After the Olympics are gone and over, the stadium is used for other things. Sometimes the stadium is opened to the public, but other times they are opened for people to train in and to prepare for the next Olympics.• The stadiums can be used for things non-athletic as well. Some stadiums become used for Conference Halls, public events, or other things that the owners of the stadium would want to do with it.
Which Cities have hosted the Olympics?• The Olympics are always hosted in a city. The Olympic Board, who choses the city doesn’t like to choose a certain country. They do not announce the Olympics as ‘the 2012 England Olympics.’ They announce it as the 2012 London Olympics.• Here are some of the cities that have hosted the Olympics in the past: City, Country Season Year Seoul, South Korea Summer 1988 Barcelona, Spain Summer 1992 Atlanta, United States Summer 1996 Sydney, Australia Summer 2000 Athens, Greece Summer 2004 Beijing, China Summer 2008 London, England Summer 2012