The Olympics

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Almost everyone in the world realizes that the Olympics are one of the most spectacular events to see, if not the most spectacular of all. The Olympics have actually been around for a lot of time; “According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. Yet the first Olympic Games for which we still have written records were held in 776 BCE (though it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years already)” (1). The first Olympic champion in history is Coroebus: “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” (1). The Ancient Greek Calendar was even made up of 4-year segments representing the Olympics. However, these Olympics were then abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, in 393 CE, because of their pagan influences (1). It would be another long 1500 years until these games were revived by Pierre De Coubertin, who was born on January 1st, 1863; he gave the idea to create the Olympics, which were later created by Evangelis Zappa (2). Pierre De Coubertin greatly promoted physical activity, and once said: “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” (2). In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was created; its job was to make sure that the sports and events take place as planned, and that there was still a sport spirit and promotion of competition: “At the Congress of Paris in 1894, the control and development of the modern Olym... ... middle of paper ... ... the victory of Kerrigan on the skater who was suspected to beat her in the Lillehammer Winter Olympics of 1994, and finally, finding out that Ben Johnson’s world record was thanks to steroids when he sprinted 100 meters in 9.79 seconds in the Seoul Summer Olympics of 1988. Personally, I believe that the Olympics should be under more surveillance, as all the decisions and judging should be reviewed to make sure that there are no scandals. Plus the judges should never be identified and should be under surveillance to avoid contact with others who might affect their decisions. Plus the athletes themselves should be under surveillance to make sure that they make it to the Olympics safe. I am glad that the Olympics are now for professionals, as countries give their best and the results are fair, and there was no way of knowing whether the athletes were amateurs or not.

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