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The Olympic Games: Then and Now

Explore the origins of the olympic games and how they came to be the modern games we know now.
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Gunilla Hanson

on 6 October 2012

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Then and Now THE OLYMPIC GAMES The ancient Greeks were highly competitive and believed strongly in the concept of "competition" or "contest". The ultimate Greek goal was to be the best. It was considered one of the greatest honors to win a victory at Olympia. The fact that the only prize given at Olympia was an olive wreath illustrates this point. The athletes competed for honor, not for material goods. According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. Approximately 1500 years later (in 1896), a young Frenchmen named Pierre de Coubertin began their revival. In 393 CE, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the Games because of their pagan influences. How did it all begin? The Olympic Torch: The Story Click to see some the the best athletes in Olympic history! http://www.fanbay.net/olympics/bestathletes.htm THE ATHLETES Mark Spitz (USA). Spitz is tied for the most gold medals collected in the history of the Olympics. 1972 Jesse Owens: an African-American athlete. Jesse Owens went to the 1936 Olympics held in Hitler's Germany.
Nadia Comaneci (Romania). Comaneci is essentially the definition of 'Perfect 10'. The Olympic scoreboard wasn't even capable of displaying a '10', and all of that changed after Nadia. 1976 Evgenia Kanaeva - Russian Gymnast 2012. Charlotte Cooper (1900) was the first woman in any sport to win an Olympic gold medal. Serena Williams (USA) has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. She even has her very own fancy website! 'Nuff said! London 2012 www.serenawilliams.com Originally, the Olympic torch symbolised the death and rebirth of Greek heroes For each Olympic Games, a new flame is lit in the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia, using a parabolic mirror to focus the rays of the sun. It then begins its journey by touring Greece. The Olympic torch has been carried by people on camels, and even scuba divers! Olympic torch on the Silk Road - Beijing Olympics, 2008 Olympic torch on the Great Barrier Reef - Sydney Olympics, 2000 The flag of the Olympic Games represents the five parts of the world that are joined in the Olympic movement: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. The Olympic Flag The rings were inspired by a design Baron Pierre de Coubertin saw on an ancient Greek artifact The colours are not linked with continents, but were chosen because every national flag in the world includes at least one of the 5 colours. Inspirational Olympic Stories The Horrible Histories Version... Why is 'Eric the Eel' and inspiration to others?
How do both videos illustrate the modern Olympic spirit?
What would you give up to go to the Olympic Games? The Paralympic Games...meet the superhumans! What's Next? How do you think this motto is different from the spirit of the ancient games? So, what was that French guy's name again..? Australia's most successful swimmer: Ian Thorpe (a.k.a the 'Thorpedo'): 13 world records
5 gold medals
3 silver medals
1 bronze medal What was it really like at the Games?
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