The greatest athletes of all time have their names set in stone. Every year a new star comes out of the shadows and becomes the focus of global interest. Nations back their athletes financially to ensure they receive a medal. Winning gold in the Olympics Games is seen as the highest honor an athlete can achieve because of its prestigious image. The Olympics have not always been about the athletes. Nations competing have been victims of political scandals. When one country goes against another country, some people do not only view it as a fight for gold, but as a war amongst nations. Soccer fields have become battlegrounds and players, soldiers. Swimming pools turn into bloodbaths, and tennis court nets as do territorial partitions. Since the early 1900s, governments have used the Olympics to prove that their nation is superior by spending more on athletic ability, more on Olympic stadiums, and more on defeating their rivals. At times, athletes can be pushed so far that they collapse under the pressure of chasing for gold. All of the above will be discoursed from a financial, political, and historical point of view. The modern Olympic Games were inspired by the ancient Olympic Games in Greece that ran from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. They were held in honour of the god Zeus who was the leader of a very popular cult in this period of time in Greece. The Olympics were viewed as a religious practice and as a form of entertainment. Athletes would compete in either wrestling, a pentathlon (the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, stadion [short foot race], and wrestling), boxing, pankration (a form of martial art), or the equestrian events (Ancient Olympic Games, 2013). All provinces within Greece were allowed to compete in the games with ... ... middle of paper ... ...g back at the 1908 and 1948 editions of the Games. (2012) Retrieved March 19, 2014, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2165896/London-2012-Olympics-1908-1948-London-Games.html Nagorski A. (2012) Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power. (1st ed.) Simon & Schuster PAST OLYMPIC HOST CITY ELECTION RESULTS. (2014) Retrieved March 19, 2014, from http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/past.html Roche, M. (2000). Megaevents and Modernity: Olympics and Expos in the Growth of Global Culture. (1st ed.) Routledge. Swaddling, J. (1999). The Ancient Olympic Games. (2nd ed.) British Museum Press. The Olympic Stadium (2014). Retrieved March 19, 2014. From http://www.imtl.org/montreal/building/Stade-Olympique-Montreal.php Walker A, (May 2, 2014). Gizmodo. Retrieved from http://gizmodo.com/how-l-a-s-1984-summer-olympics-became-the-most-success-1516228102
Since 776 BCE, the Olympics have been a way for people of different cultures to come together and compete in friendly competition. In 1892 the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, although it had been over a thousand years since the last game it still had brought together an assortment of different religions and ethnic groups together. Many factors shaping the Olympic Games reflect the changes that have taken place in our world since the last game in 393 CE in Greece such changes include woman’s suffrage, global economy, world wars, and proving competency.
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In Ancient Greece they formed the Greek Olympics in the year 776 B.C in which participants participate to honor the gods and demonstrate their physical abilities. What was amazing was that those who participated were only participating in honor and not prizes. Something that they would win was the olive wreath which was basically winning the honor and recognition of the people and the gods. Comparing to the ancient time and now is that there are now commercialized, endorsements, and sponsorships for athletes to represent companies in the Olympics. However, the Olympics still hold true to the idea that it is still a place for participants compete with the best in the world for the honor (gold,silver, and bronze medal). Also, if we look at the sculpture of the Diskobolos made by Myron of Eleutherae it represented the general athlete in motion and would symbolize the ancient times athlete. But something that is different about now and the Greek ...
Since the first Olympic Games in 1896 winning the Olympics meant more than just a medal, it showed the power that the winning country possesses. Although the Olympics are meant to show peaceful amiability between all counties, geopolitics is still a factor in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee President states “sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political contest, have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of athletes.” Many historians ask if geopolitics was a factor in the Olympics during the Cold War era. The answer isn’t an opinion; geopolitics has never been absent in the Olympics and that is especially true for the Cold War. The Cold War was a battle for political power that will dominates the rest of the world. The idea that this was a battle for power explains the arms race, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Logically, this need to upstage the opposing super power leaked into international sports competition. With all this competition whirling around during the Cold War, the Olympics became a literal race against communism or democracy. As geopolitics played such a major role in the Olympics during the Cold War era, athletes’ fates were ultimately altered.
The Olympic Games, hosted in Olympia, Greece, reflected and represented many of Greece 's traditional values in their culture, politics, and social institutions. With the Olympics being the biggest event in Greece at the time, the occasion brought many new ideas and showed what the traditions and customs of Greece were really about. Through this big spectacle people learned about their own culture and went through many experiences ranging from listening to poets and praying at the Temple of Zeus to spectating the sport of “Pankration”, a combination of boxing and wrestling. They would even compete in the nude as a time-honored tradition. “...the practice [competing in the nude] also symbolically stripped away social rank, an extraordinary gesture toward a democratic sporting ideal in the status-obsessed ancient world.”(pg. 7) The Olympics
Modern Day Olympics are a huge tradition that sweeps the screens of televisions across the world. Competitors take the arena with uniforms that dawn their countries colors and designs that are meant to resemble their designated flag. For months the news is centered around the games; the preparation, the athletes, and of course the competition. Countries aren 't obsessed, they are inspired and full of pride seeing athletes from their country compete and show their incredible skill. This tradition dates back to ancient Greece where the games began. Tony Perrottet writes about the traditions of the ancient game in his book The Naked Olympics.
Host nations had always celebrate the Olympic games as the national pride in modern era. China showed to the world that China was a progressive, modern, and capable country. The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic games gave the audiences an imagination about a historical, populous, and polyhedral country with a different culture. Chinese took pride from the achievements of Beijing Olympic games and show their sustaining manner to Chinese governments. “They interpreted their Olympic ideal which showed in the immediate context of China in not only a ‘cultural expression of the persisting crises of modernity and globalization’(Tomlinson) but also an attempt to resolve the characteristic tensions between locality and globality because of the process of globalization.”(Li) The United States can show their unique culture and multivariate society. American will take pride from their advanced science and technology as well as the accomplishment on the elimination of discrimination they had strived
Today we owe one of the largest global social gatherings to the Greeks, the Olympic games. The Olympic games were held every four years in Olympia, Greece. Today “the Olympic games are held every four years, with the summer and the Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.” Just like the Ancient Olympic games, today’s Olympics are designed to be a time of peace in which all nations can come together to compete in different sports.
The Olympic Games are the leading worldwide sport event that held every 4 years, featuring thousands of international athletes from more than 200 nations participating in a variety of sports competitions. Although the Games are about winning the sports competitions, they also provide a platform for the nations throughout the world to learn different cultures and share uniqueness. The Games are important, and have to be held because they transmit a message of friendship and peaceful between nations.
The Ancient Greek Olympics were not only sporting events, it was a celebration to honor the great and powerful Zeus. The Ancient Olympics were held every four years at the famous Olympia, a district of Elis, here all free Greek men were allowed to compete. The first record of the Olympic Games was held in 776 B.C. The main sports were the Pentathlon, the Equestrian Events, Pankration, and Boxing.
The purpose of the Modern Olympics is to bind the nations together by using sports that everyone enjoys and to compete without discrimination. By bringing cultures together, they would earn respect for each other and have peace throughout the world (ARTICLE). By hosting the Olympics at a different location every four years, this subjects us to various cultures, gives the hosting city a chance to show pride in their city and country, and provides new jobs in the community during this event. By having their city in the spotlight for a few weeks, this could also boost tourism. Some cities will go to great lengths to have the privilege of hosting the world’s biggest sports event.
Introduction Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. Well-known throughout the world the games have been used to promote understanding and friendship among nations, but have also been a hotbed of political disputes and boycotts. The Olympic games started thousands of years ago and lasted over a millennium.. The symbolic power of the Games lived on after their demise, and came to life again as the modern Olympic Games being revived in the last century. Both the modern and Ancient Olympics have close similarities in there purpose and in there problems.