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Transcript of Ancient Olympics
Olympics The Olympics started in
776 BCE in Olympia. The Ancient Olympics happened every four years, as it does today. Four years was equal to an Olympiad, a measure of time in Ancient Greece. The first Olympics started in August and lasted only one day. As time went by, the Olympics grew to five days due to more events. Olympia was said to be the sacred place of the Greek God Zeus. The Olympics are a series of athletic competitions among representatives of city states. Only free men who spoke Greek could participate in Olympic events. The only event women could partake in was the chariot race, but they had to be unmarried. Married women were not allowed to watch the Olympic games. C As time went by, more and more events were introduced to the Olympics. 776 BCE The first Olympic event introduced was the Stadion. A short sprint measuring around 200 meters. 520 BCE
(800 yard race in full armor) 708 BCE
Boxing 684 BCE
Chariot Races And So On... 724 BCE
(400 meter) 720 BCE
(Three mile race) The Ancient Olympics were held in honor of the Greek God Zeus. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Olympia was sacred to Zeus. The competitors' strength and speed were considered offerings to the Gods. The competitors took oath to Zeus' statue
before they competed. Zeus is the King of all the Gods and he is the God of the sky. He is usually depicted holding a lightning bolt, the Master Bolt to be exact. He was married to the Greek Goddess Hera, the Goddess of marriage and women. In legend, the games were founded by Hercules. He had to do much work to free himself from slavery, and he created the Olympic games to honor Zeus. The Olympics are still going on today even though they started almost 3 000 years ago! The Olympic games were in hiatus in 1940 and 1944 so as 1916 during World War I. Beijing 2008 a record 42% of the athletes where women. That's almost half of the participants! Athletes participating in the Ancient Olympics trained for 10 months. The five Olympics rings represent five regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania. All the flags of the world have one of the five colors. A record of 202 countries competed in the 2004 Summer Games. The Paralympics started in 1948 for British War Veterans. They then came into the Olympics in 1988. In 1990 all women were allowed to compete. The first official Summer Games were held in 1896.
The first official Winter Games were held in 1924. The next Winter Olympics is in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The next Summer Olympics is in 2016 in Rio, Brazil. By: Randi, Naomi and Brielle 8S