At the beginning of the Olympics the competitors fought to the death. The competition took place between slave gladiators. The Olympics now take athletes from all over the globe. They come and compete against each other for fame and glory.
Back when this stadium was fully standing, the athletes used to bribe the judges. Now if they do it they will be disqualified, banned from the games, and will be remembered as a cheater for the rest of their lives.
The Olympics showcase events from swimming to biking, from shot put to boxing, and from track to gymnastics. The competitors iwill win gold medals for first place, silver for second, and bronze for third.
The Berlin Olympics in 1936 were hosted by Nazi Germany. The Nazis wanted it to be a showcase of white supremacy. Jesse Owens thought differently. He was the first African American to win and compete in the Olympics. He took the gold in a multitude of events, placing over many Nazis.
The final bearer for the torch, Yoshinori Sakai, was born on the day that the atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The Tokyo Olympics in 1964 marked the recovery from World War 2.
All in all the Olympics have evolved from a competition to the death, to a statement for African American rights, to marking a recovery from World War 2, and finally to a competition for glory and fame for athletes and their countries.