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The History of the Olympics

Feb 05, 2014

The Olympics are so much FUN!!! New events every four years, world records broken, and miracle athletes overcoming huge obstacles... it's amazing to see how far the Olympics will take these athletes to new levels. But have you ever wondered how it all began? To understand how far athletes can go forwards, let's rewind and see how far the athletes have come. Let's look at the History of the Olympics.

Hercules

Monster MashMonster MashCourtesy of washingwithoutgettingwet-georg.blogspot.ca
 

According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were brought to life by Heracles, son of Zeus. Events back then were a little bit different:

  • Dragon Slaying
  • Castle Climbing
  • Stealing Livestock
  • Axe throwing (at each other)
  • Monster Mashup

Nude Dude

CoroebusCoroebusCourtesy of indiansportsfan.com
 

The first Olympic Games for which we still have written records were held in 776 BC. At this Olympic Games, a naked runner, Coroebus (a cook from Elis), won the sole event at the Olympics, the stade - a run of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). This made Coroebus the very first Olympic champion in history. 

The ancient Olympic Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years. In 393, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, abolished the Games because of religious differences. What a bummer dude! 

Pierre's Olympic Push

Approximately 1500 years later, a young Frenchmen named Pierre de Coubertin began their revival. Pierre is now known as le Rénovateur. After examining the education of the German, British, and American children, Pierre decided that it was  sports that made a well-rounded and vigorous person. Here is a record of one of Pierre's declarations for the Modern Olympics.

Pierre de CoubertinPierre de CoubertinCourtesy of jaardag.wordpress.com
 

Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future; and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally. It inspires me to touch upon another step I now propose and in it I shall ask that the help you have given me hitherto you will extend again, so that together we may attempt to realise [sic], upon a basis suitable to the conditions of our modern life, the splendid and beneficent task of reviving the Olympic Games.

After many times to inspire the leaders of other countries, Pierre finally revived the Olympics. They formed a committee called the International Olympic Committee and Demetrious Vikelas was choosen to lead the first modern Olympics in Greece, his home country.

Modern Olympics

1896 Olympics1896 OlympicsCourtesy of Wikipedia
 

In 1896, the Modern Olympics ignited the Olympic Torch which has now been burning for over 115 years. At these Games, only 14 Nations attended and the events included:

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Shooting
  • Weight Lifting
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field

Over the last 116 years, the Olympics have evolved into 302 events in 26 sports and 204 countries that participate.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place in Sochi Russia starting Friday February 7th!

 

 

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  • Hockey!
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LUCYQWERTY123
well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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1PhanTrash
It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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1PhanTrash
"Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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Wolf74
Wolf74 posted in Dance:
use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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Enki
Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
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