What other culture to be the history of games where people compete athletically for medals in front of tons of people other than the Greeks and their magnificent gods? That’s right. The history of the Olympics is rumored to start with the famous Hercules and the mortal woman Alcmene founding the games. However, the first written records were in 776 B.C. when a cook won the 192 meter footrace and became the first Olympic champion.
It is the two same events for men and women 1 team event each. Fencing is somewhat like sword fighting. Men's eve... ... middle of paper ... ...mpic Games is 202 countries in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens. © Works Cited www.olympic.org/football www.topendsports.com/events/summer/sports/football.htm www.olympic.org/fencing www.ittf.com/musuem/Olympicgames.html www.olympic.org/table-tennis www.olympic.org/water-polo www.olympic.org/archery www.olympic.org/trampoline www.collegiatewaterpolo.org/fans/gameinfo/history www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games www.olympic.org/speed-skating www.olympic.org/speed-skating-equipment-and-history?tab=history www.factmonster.com/spot/winter-olympics-speed-skating.html www.factmonster.com/spot/winter-olympics-cross-country-ski.html www.factmonster.com/spot/winter-olympics-alpine-ski.html www.factmonster.com/spot/winter-olympics-ski-jumping.html www.infoplease.com/spot/winter-olympics-freestyle-ski.html www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0771580
The Olympic Games The Olympic Games are an international sports festival that began in ancient Greece. The original Greek games were staged every fourth year for several hundred years, until they were abolished in the early Christian era. The revival of the Olympic Games took place in 1896, and since then they have been staged every fourth year, except during World War I and World War II. Perhaps the basic difference between the ancient and modern Olympics is that the former was the ancient Greeks' way of saluting their gods, whereas the modern Games are a manner of saluting the athletic talents of citizens of all nations. The original Olympics featured competition in music, oratory, and theater performances as well.
He drew his inspiration from the ancient Olympic Games. After visits to England and the United States, Coubertin formulated a plan to revive the games. In June of 1894, his vision became a reality when delegates meeting in Paris voted to hold modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 (8). The first world leader to sponsor the Olympics for an almost purely political motive was Adolph Hitler with the 1936 Summer Games. For two weeks in August of that year, Germany was the site of the most lavish Olympic games that had been held up to that po... ... middle of paper ... ...of the Month Club.
But at the next Festival he made himself an Ephesian, being bribed to do so by the Ephesian people. For this act he was banished by the Cretans." The first Olympic games at Olympia were held in 776 BC. According to Hippias of Elis, who compiled a list of Olympic victors c.400 BC, the only event held at the first Olympics was the stadion footrace. Scholars have speculated that the games in 776 BC were not the first games, but rather the first games held after they were organized into festivals held every four years as a result of a peace agreement between the city-states Greece.
This event put Olympia on the map and it became internationally renowned as the site of the first Olympic games.? The Olympic games where ceased in 393 AD after an edict issued by Theodosius the Great, but were revived for the first time, after fifteen centuries, in 1896 in the all-marble Stadium of Athens.? The festival was open to only Greek born men but later Romans were allowed to compete most likely because they were running the country by then.? Slaves and women were not even allowed to be spectators and women caught sneaking in were apparently thrown off a cliff!? The events included foot races, wrestling, discus, javelin, long-jump, horse and chariot racing, and a type of boxing called pancratium.
The Olympic games were limited to amateur athletes, younger athletes were not allowed to compete in the ancient ... ... middle of paper ... ...ing and honorable events in world history. There were four crucial parts in the Olympic history that change the games forever. Meaning it changed in all equality from the origin in 766 B.C.E all the way to modern day today which is the latest games in 2012. These games always kept running because it gave people a new way of living by seeing all the different types of countries competing and showing off the skill. This was what most athletes worked for.