Baron Pierre de Coubertin- He was born on 1st January 1863, paris France.- He died on 2nd September 1937, aged 74.- After four centuries of the olympics being cancelled, he made surethat they came back in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Where 245 men from14 countries competed in 43 events.- He founded the International Olympic Commitee and was the‘father‘ of the modern Olympics.- He started his campaign in 1892.- He thought everyone taking part should be an amateur- De Coubertin thought that the Olympics was for men and for
Host Cities- There have been 29 Summer Olympics held in 22 differentcountries.- London has hosted the games 4 times.- London has hosted the games in 1908, 1944, 1948 and coming up in2012.- There have been 21 Winter Olympics held in 18 different countries.
Ceremonies- At every Olympics, there is an opening and a closing ceremony.- The olympic torch relay is also a ceremony.- The ﬁrst three place-getters will be awarded with a medal, and awarm hand shake, ﬂowers, a wreath and the winner will have thehonour of being world champion!- The third place-getter will receive a bronze, second will receive asilver and ﬁrst will receive a gold medal.- At ceremonies, they do amazing feats. Once, over a thousanddoves were released into the stadium, creating an awesomeatmosphere.
Torch Relay & Flame- The olympic torch relay, starts several weeks before the actualgames. Special people known for their efforts, would take turns atcarrying the torch. They would start several hundred kilometresaway from where they are held; then ﬁnish at the stadium to lightthe olympic ﬂame and to start the opening ceremony.- For instance, Muhummad Ali (perhaps one of the best boxers of alltime) lit the olympic ﬂame at the 1996 summer games at Atlanta,America.- The olympic ﬂame has been going for about one hundred years,because during the 1896 games, a ﬁre was randomly left burningthroughout the games.
Olympic Flag- The olympic ﬂag (with the 5 rings) represents the ﬁve inhabitedcontinents.- It was introduced in 1914 and was ﬁrst ﬂown at the Antwerpgames.- The colours of the ﬂag are: red, black, blue, green, and yellow.- The rings were designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin