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I am doing a IIM research on the history of the Olympics. For my product I decided to make a Prezi. I have gotten many facts on the Olympics. Some of the facts are about when women could join, some famous athletes and sports, and info on the games.

Govind Ramesh

on 11 February 2013

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My project is on the history of the Olympics. Did you know that in the past, the Olympics were only held in Greece and happened every year? Now the games are held every four years all over the world! Women were only able to join the second world-wide Olympics in Chamonix, France (1900). Olympic sports have to be played by at least 25 nations around the world. Some summer games are:
tennis,badminton, soccer, swimming, shooting, sailing, equestrian, boxing, weightlifting, and more. In the winter games, there are only 7 approved sports. They are:
The biathlon, bobsledding, figure skating, speed skating, luge, skeleton sledding, and ice hockey.
Who knows what sports are to come? The medals are an important part of the olympics. The 1st and 2nd place medals are made up of silver. The 1st place medal gets its gold color from a thick coat of gold paint. The 3rd place medal is made of bronze. Any winning relay team, (including tennis, badminton, and soccer) all get medals. In the past, the prize was a wild olive wreath, many pieces of music and art, meals in the city hall, and even more royalties. cool! If you have watched the olympics you might have heard some of these famous athletes names. Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Roger Federer, LeBron James, Tyson Gay, Jim Thorpe, Mark Spitz, and Jesse Owens are/were all famous participants of the Olympic games. The winter and summer Olympics have alternated every two years, since 1896! The Olympics have been held in many places all over the world, like in:
Greece, France, USA, Germany, Netherlands, England, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Spain, China, and Russia. Did you know that in every Olympics there is an event before the opening ceremony there is a sort of relay where one at a time a person from each participating country holds a torch and runs around a certain area? The torch relay ends during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, when a chosen athlete places the flame from the torch onto the outstanding cauldron. The flame in the cauldron runs throughout the Olympics until the end, when it's put out (extinguished). Olympic sports are sports that are either part of the winter or summer Olympics. The events are added and taken away over the years. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), gets to choose which sports are qualified or not. The olympics run according to this choose. Each event usually has its own International Federation (IF). Olympic sports that are removed are called, "discontinued sports". Discontinued sports are removed either by a lack of interest, or an absence of an IF. There were 26 sports in the summer Olympics, in the 2016 summer Olympics there will be 28 sports, because Golf and Rugby will be added.What sports will be added or removed next? The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was created on June 23rd 1894. The IOC organizes the Summer and Winter Olympics. The countries wishing to host the games has to aggressively bid and have their bid accepted by the IOC. The Olympics has had many problems and controversy. The 1916 Games were canceled because of World War I, and the summer and winter games of 1940 and 1944 were canceled because of World War II. In the early 20th century, many Olympic athletes began using drugs to improve their athletic abilities. By the mid-1960s, sports federations were starting to ban the use of performance enhancing drugs. There are many ways to watch the Olympics.
Some ways are by TV, newspapers, phones and in person. In 1980 and 1984, the Cold War opponents boycotted each other's Games. Sixty-five nations refused to compete at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The boycott reduced the number of participating nations to 81, the lowest number since 1956 summer Olympics. If you watched the Olympics by TV, you can see and hear commentary, interviews, the Olympic medal count, replays, winners and different sports. If you follow Olympics by newspaper, you can also see the medal count, find winners, read interviews, and find information about interesting events. If you watch the Olympics in person, you can see history and find famous people. Some disadvantages of watching it live is that you will not be able to see the Olympic medal count, see replays, hear interviews and more. Each winter and summer Olympics has its own mascot. The mascot is usually a fictional character or an animal. There have been mascots since the 1968 winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. A red Jaguar, a snowman, a Beaver, a Bald Eagle, a Platypus, a Hare, and a Coyote, were all some Olympic mascots!!! There are 5 different colored rings on the Olympic flag. The five rings represent the five continents: Africa, the Americas (North and South America are combined), Asia, Europe and Oceania. The Olympic rings has of five connected rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white base. Each of these colors can be found on the flag of every nation. They used to be drawn side by side, in an arc. They are now drawn with three above and two below. They are colored, from left to right: blue (top), yellow (bottom), black (top), green (bottom), and red (top). Fun Facts
Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games.
The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games.
Three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics. Most Popular sports
1.Men and women's Track and Field
2.Men and women's Swimming
3.Men and women's Table Tennis
4.Women's Archery
5.Men's Basketball
6.Men's Judo
7.Men's weightlifting
8.Men's shooting
9.Men's diving
10.Women's Gymnastics The Olympic opening ceremonies represents the start of an Olympic Games. The traditional part of the ceremonies starts with a "Parade of Nations", during which most participating athletes march into the stadium, country by country. Each country is led by a sign with the name of their country and by their nation's flag. Greece enters first, because that is where the Olympics were first held of the Olympics, while the host nation marches last. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Greek flag led the parade, while the Greek team marched in last, as the host nation. In the Olympics, each nation may enter 3 or less athletes in each indavidual event. Up to 12 teams can compete in each men's event except soccer, which requires 16 teams. No more than 20 teams can compete in any men's and women's team events. If more than the maximum number of nations want to compete in an event, then a qualifying tournament is held. I hope that you learned something about the Olympics and had fun watching this PREZI !!!!! :)
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