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How did the Olympics get Started?
Transcript of How did the Olympics get Started?
started by the Greeks in 776 B.C . The games were held in honor of the Greek God Zeus. How and why were the Ancient Olympics started? The ancient olympics were started with only a few sports. The sports included boxing, wrestling, and running. As the games became more popular, more sports were added. The games were also extended to a length of 5 days, instead of 1. They did this so they would have enough time for all of the events. Winners of the competitions would receive olive wreaths, money, and sometimes a street named after them. The Ancient Olympics were started in 776 B.C. by the Greeks. For one month during the games, all wars or battles were put on hold so the athletes could travel safely. Instead of having the games at a different location for every Olympics, they were always held at Olympia. Only free men who spoke Greek were allowed to compete. Ancient Olympic Sports Some of the sports played in the Ancient Olympics are still played today in the Modern Olympics. Included are, wrestling, boxing, and equestrian events. Modern Olympic Sports Today, the Modern Olympics contain a total of 35 sports. There are 28 summer sports, and 7 winter sports. There are many different sports in the Olympics. Some are well known sports such as volleyball and skiing. Others are unheard of by many people, like the sports of judo and curling. This is an example of a curling field. Famous Athletes From Then & Now There are many famous athletes from the Olympics. Some are famous for their record breaking performances, while others are famous for winning many gold medals. Here are some of the most famous Olympic athletes. Olympic Locations Some other sports in the Olympics include:
~ Figure Skating Gabby Douglas is a gymnast who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won gold for All-Around. She also won 1st place with her team in the Olympics. At 16, she is one of the youngest gymnasts competing. This is an example of a medal an athlete today would win as a prize. This is an example of a prize an athlete would have won in the Ancient Olympics The Olympics are always held in a different location. The most recent Olympics were held in London. The next Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. The next Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics were held in the United States 7 times. 3 times in California, and once in New York, Missouri, Georgia, and Utah. This is the Olympic stadium from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. This is a map of Ancient Greece. The arrow is pointing to Olympia, where the games were always held. This is a statue of the Greek God Zeus. He is the god of the sky. This is the Olympic stadium for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. This is the Olympic stadium for the Montreal Games in 1976. Here is the Olympic stadium for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian. He has 22 medals, 18 of which, are gold. He also has 2 silver and 2 bronze. He has competed in 3 summer Olympics and has won more than 5 gold medals at each one. Here is Michael Phelps smiling with one of his many gold medals. This is a picture of Gabby Douglas. Nadia Comaneci is the first ever gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics. She represented Romania in the Montreal Games in 1976, and the Moscow games in 1980. She currently owns the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. She is arguably the greatest gymnast of all time. This is what the Ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia, Greece probably would have looked like. This is a picture of Nadia Comaneci on her uneven bars dismount at the Olympics. Conclusion All in all, the Olympics have been around for about 2,789 years. Each Olympic Games has over 10,000 athletes competing, and over 3 billion viewers worldwide! And what started as a small competition between Ancient Greeks, has now become one of the most fascinating events of all time.