The Olympic Games: Faster, Higher, Stronger

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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 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 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 Walker A, (May 2, 2014). Gizmodo. Retrieved from

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