Olympics by: penita miller

The Beginning of Something Great

The olympic games originated from ancient Greece 3,000 years ago. The olympic games were revised / hanged in the late 19th century and has became the world's most popular sporting competition. The olympic games were held every four years from the 8th century B.C to the 4th century A.D they were located in the western Peloponnese peninsula in honor of the greek God Zeus. the first modern olympics was in 1896 in Athens. There was 280 participants from 13 nations. Competing in 43 events. The summer and winter games since 1994 have been held separately and have alternated every two years (201o).

Baron Pierre de Coubertin

Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympics. He was a French aristocrat. Bardon announced that he had made the 20th anniversary of games in 1914. In 1984 Robert Barney and sports historian leaded over to tie his shoe and discovered a symbol etched into a weather-beaten stone it was five linked rings. Barney specialized the history of the Olympics in that time. At that point in time the five linked rings was discovered to be a relic of Nazi filmmakers. The Nazis liked us too believe that the Olympic symbol emerged from the mists of Delphi. “The Olympic rings were inaugurated in June 1914, the same month that a bullet felled an archduke and sent the world tumbling into war. It has since become one of the most-recognized logos in the world and a symbol for peace” (2010).

Baron Pierre de Coubertin

The Naked Olympics?

Ancient Greek athletes were naked when they competed, to display their physical prowess and also to pay homage to Zeus by showing him how they had trained their bodies to their physical peak. The more physical perfection the athletes showed could be intimidating to their competitors. Athletes were often an inspiration to artists and sculptors, who used the athlete’s physical prowess and movements to inspire their work. Athletes took great care to protect their skin.Before starting the day’s training or competition, athletes would rub their body with olive oil then dust themselves with fine sand.After competing, athletes would scrape off the sweat, oil and sand with a curved tool called a strigil. Then they would be washed using water and a sponge.


Track events included the stade race – the ancient version of a sprint – as participants ran from one end of the track to the other (approximately 200 meters). There was also a two-stade race (approximately 400 meters), as well as a long-distance run ranging from seven to 24 stades (Rosenbaum).

Field events, which resembled their modern equivalents, included the long jump, discus, shot put and javelin. The five-sport pentathlon included wrestling along with the discus, javelin, long jump and a sprint.

There is no women’s 50-kilometer race walk. Otherwise, women’s events are the same as men’s with two exceptions: Women run the 100-meter hurdles instead of the 110, and compete in the seven-event heptathlon rather than the ten-event decathlon.

Athletics events have came quiet a long way now we have 40 Olympic events. Including archery, artistic gymnastics, Olympic, badminton, basketball.beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, etc.

Great Leaders

Usain bolt is a 6’5, 207 9 times olympic champion. The bolt of right now holds the world record in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m with times of 9.58 seconds, 19.19 seconds, and 36.84 seconds. His first world record was in the 200m in 2008 in New York. Usain bolt is a 6’5, 207 9 times olympic champion. The bolt of right now holds the world record in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m with times of 9.58 seconds, 19.19 seconds, and 36.84 seconds. His first world record was in the 200m in 2008 in New York( 2012, Bolt).

Astylos of Croton in southern Italy won a total of six victory olive wreaths in three Olympiads (488-480 B.C.) in the stade and the diaulos (twice the stade) events. In the first Olympiad, he ran for Croton and his compatriots honored and glorified him. In the two successive Olympiads, however, he took part as a citizen of Syracuse. The people of Croton punished him by demolishing his statue in their city and converting his house into a prison( 2016).

Milon, a pupil of the philosopher Pythagoras, was one of the most famous athletes in Antiquity. He came from the Greek city of Croton in southern Italy. He was six times Olympic wrestling champion. He first won in 540 B.C., in the youth wrestling event, and then five times in men's wrestling. This is a unique achievement even in today's competition context. He also won seven times in the Pythian Games, nine times in the Nemean Games, ten times in the Isthmian Games and innumerable times in small competitions. In the 67th Olympiad (512 B.C.), in his seventh attempt for the championship, he lost to a younger athlete, Timasitheus. There are many accounts of his achievements (2016).


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