Are the Olympics about more than sports? By Christopher Coombes

A Brief History of the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are a series of competitions that people from around the world participate in. The Games began in Ancient Greece, with events such as chariot racing. By now, the games have become more modernized. The events are swimming, running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, and more! The Olympic Games, however, can be about more than sports and competition.

The Swimming Event in the Olympic Games

The Olympics are about more than sports. They are about the arts, connecting with other people and cultures, and doing the best for yourself and your body.

Reason One, The Olympics are also about the Arts.

SQ3, Source B explains that art is a part of the Olympics. It explains that by wearing customized uniforms, athletes can reflect their home countries and ideas in their uniforms. They can also express their personal enjoyments through the art on their uniforms.

SQ3, Source B states that, "music could support by the singing of choirs." It also explains that singing can support the spirit of the Olympic Games. It can represent the pride and glory of the countries in the Olympics and the Games in general.

A Choir at the Olympic Games

Wikipedia explains that in the early Olympics there were art competitions. Architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture were the five categories. Art was originally side by side with sport in the exciting competition of the Olympic Games.

Symbols of the Olympic Games

Reason Two, Connecting with other people and cultures around the world

Pedro Yang once said, "We're not here to win medals. We're here to make friendship, to learn new cultures (SQ2 SB)." Pedro believes that though the Olympics are about sport and competition, they are also about meeting other people and learning new cultures.

Pedro Yang

SQ2, Source A explains that when one country achieves something, another country immediately wishes to do so as well. By striving for the same goals, even with many differences, people connect with others around the world.

SQ2, Source C defines the Olympic Value, Friendship. It quotes, "The Olympic Games inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial, or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences." This explains how the Olympic Games bind people by putting tons of people with many differences in one place with one goal.

Reason Three, The Olympics are about doing the best for yourself

SQ2 Source C displays the Olympic Creed - "The most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well." This shows that the Olympics are about fighting hard and doing your best, not winning.

SQ2 Source C talks about the Olympic Value, Excellence. This Olympic Value refers to doing your best, trying hard, and not comparing yourself with others. To participate, and to make progress in personal goals instead of striving to work hard solely to win.

SQ2 Source B quotes, "excellence is about giving the best of yourself." The source goes on to explain how athletes are in the Olympics to have fun and meet personal goals. Though they work hard to win, it is not their main motivation for doing their best.

The Olympic Games demonstrate not only sports, but also the arts, connection of people and cultures, and doing the best for your mind and body - not the competition.

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Christopher Coombes


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