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Sport is an infinite source of health. Physical activity has been part of people's lives since ancient times. With the help of discoveries made by archaeologists we can see today representations of prehistoric people who undertook various types of physical activities. A major difference between the modern man and the man of the past is the way sports take place today. Now people have access to modern fitness rooms, they can take part in various classes to train a certain category of muscles, they can use various devices that help them get results much easier. In other words, the resources are much more diverse and diverse today.


When it comes to the history of the Olympic Games, it is good to point out that even in this sector things have changed considerably. From the organization, to the place where the competition takes place and last but not least, to the sports issues in which the athletes participate. Another major difference related to this competition is the fact that in the past athletes competed for the gods they worshiped and now they compete out of pure passion and desire to win.


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The first edition of the modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens. However, it seems that until that date, several editions of some ancient Olympic Games have already taken place. The sports competition took place in the city of Olympia and was dedicated to Zeus. People were very religious at the time, and this shrine was a great way to worship such an important deity for the Greek people.


Moreover, the temple of Zeus was right in the center of this festival. All the Greeks who came to take part in the Sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia spoke the same language and shared the same faith. Of course, the participants were men from all over Greece, especially since at that time this type of competition was mostly dedicated to men.


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The first edition of the ancient competition took place in 776 BC. when a simple chef came out victorious in a 600-foot race. If we were to take into account the literary sources, we will find out that this was the only athletic event during the 13 editions held until 724 BC.


 As now, every citizen had the right to take part in the Olympic Games. Social, economic or political status was not taken into account and did not prevent men from taking part in trials. However, married women were not allowed to join sports competitions, they had to take care of the family. Instead, single women could do this.


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Perhaps one of the main reasons why men were preferred to the ancient Olympic Games is the war trials they were subjected to. These were very hard and required a lot of strength. Spear throwing, running long or short runs, high jump or endurance on the track were the most popular tests at that time. Another sport introduced was boxing. Last but not least, horse racing and modern wrestling challenged athletes to prove their skills.

 

Regarding the results of the athletes, there are some performances that must be mentioned. Astylos de Croton won six events, Melankomas de Caria took the top boxing title while Leonidas de Rhodes won a series of races.


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Every person who has watched at least once in their life a ceremony of the Olympic Games has seen that the best athletes have been awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. Well, that's not always the case. Due to the fact that in the past there were not so many resources, people had to take advantage of what they had at hand. So, the winners each received a wreath made of palm leaves. From the historical films that were inspired by those times, we also see that the spectators threw flowers and olive leaves at the winners. Undoubtedly, the closing ceremony was held at the place where the world prayed to Zeus.


The Olympic Games have gained great popularity over time. Every time a new edition takes place, millions of people around the world sit in front of the TV and watch them in real time. Everyone supports their country and bets on their favorite athlete. There are many games that take place during such an event. There are individual games, team games and games that require a lot of concentration and discipline. While games in which you need to be active require a lot of physical strength, mind games are just as demanding.

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The Olympic Games or the Olympics are an international multi-sport event, which takes place every four years and includes summer games and winter games.

 

The historical origins of the Ancient Olympic Games are unknown, but a number of legends and myths have survived. One of them depicts the hero Heracle who, after winning a race in Olympia, decides that the race should be resumed every four years, while another myth tells of Zeus, who sets up a games festival after defeating him. on the titan Cronus.

 

Beginning in 776 BC, the Games took place in Olympia (Greece) until 393 BC. Much later, in 1896, the Olympic Games were resumed by a French nobleman, Pierre, Baron de Coubertin. This moment marked the beginning of the era of the Modern Olympic Games.

 

The idea of ​​the "Olympic flame" comes from ancient Greece, where a torch was lit right from the rays of the sun in Olympia. Since 1936, the Olympic relay has been carried from Greece to the host country of the Olympic Games, symbolizing spirit, wisdom and life.

 

The Official Olympic Flag

Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be won from these international competitions. The rings , from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games. The Olympic

 

Motto

In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin , the founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto. : Citius, Altius, Fortius ("Faster, taller, stronger").

 

Olympic Oath

Pierre de Coubertin wrote an oath for athletes to recite at each Olympic Game. During the opening ceremonies, an athlete recites the oath on behalf of all athletes. The Olympic oath was first taken during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. The Olympic Oath states: “On behalf of all the competitors, I promise that we will participate in these Olympic Games, respecting and respecting the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams. "

 

Olympic Creed

Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for this phrase from a speech by Bishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for Olympic champions during the 1908 Olympic Games. The Olympic creed says," The most important thing at the Olympic Games is not to win, but to participate, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well ".

 

The Olympic Flame

Flame is a practice that has continued since the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia (Greece), a flame was lit by the sun and then continued to burn until the closing of the Olympic Games. The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the effort for perfection. In 1936, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Olympic Games, Carl Diem, suggested what is now the modern Olympic relay. The Olympic flame is lit in the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing antique-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic torch is then passed from runner to runner on the old Olympia site at the Olympic stadium in the host city. The flame is then kept lit until the end of the Games.Ancient Olympics to modern Olympics.

 

The Olympic Antheme

Anthem, played at the raising of the Olympic flag, was composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Kostis Palamas. The Olympic anthem was first played at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, but was not declared an official anthem by the IOC until 1957.

 

True gold

The last Olympic gold medals made entirely of gold were awarded in 1912. 

 

Medals

The Olympic medals  are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city's organizing committee. Each medal must be at least three millimeters thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. Also, the Olympic gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5% silver, the gold medal covered with six grams of gold.

 

First Opening

Ceremonies The first ceremonies took place during the 1908 London Olympics.

 

Opening Ceremony Order of Procession

 

During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the procession of athletes is always led by the Greek team, followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order (in the language of the host country), except for the last team which is always the team of the host country.

 

A city, not a country

When choosing venues for the Olympic Games, the IOC specifically gives the honor of owning the Games in a city rather than a country.

 

CIO diplomats

 

To make thean independent organization,members are not considered diplomats from their countries in the IOC, but rather are diplomats from the IOC in their respective countries.

 

The first modern champion

James B. Connolly (USA), winner of hop, step and jump (the first final event of the 1896 Olympic Games), was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games .

 

First Marathon

In 490 BC, Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, fled the Marathon to Athens (about 25 miles) to inform the Athenians of the outcome of the battle with the invading Persians . The distance was full of hills and other obstacles; thus Feidippides arrived in Athens exhausted and with bleeding feet. After telling the citizens of the success of the Greeks in battle, Pheidippides fell to the ground. In 1896, at the first modern Olympic Games, he organized a race of about the same length in commemoration of Pheidippides.

 

The exact length of a marathon

During the first several modern Olympics, the marathon was always at an approximate distance. In 1908, the British royal family requested that the marathon begin at Windsor Castle so that royal children could attend its start. The distance from Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium was 42,195 meters (or 26 miles and 385 meters). In 1924, this distance became the standardized length of a marathon.

 

Women

Women were first allowed to participate in the second modern Olympic Games in 1900.

 

The Winter

OlympicsWinter Olympics first took place in 1924, beginning a tradition of holding them a few months earlier in a city other than the Summer Olympics. Since 1994, the Winter Olympics have taken place in completely different years (two years away) from the Summer Games.

 

Canceled Games

Due to World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940 or 1944.

 

Prohibited

Tennis was played at the Olympic Games until 1924, then reinstated in 1988.

 

Walt Disney

The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California. To amaze and impress the audience, Walt Disney was the head of the committee that organized the opening ceremonies. The opening ceremony of the 1960 Winter Games was full of choirs and high school troupes, releasing thousands of balloons, fireworks, ice statues, releasing 2,000 white pigeons and parachuted national flags.

 

Russia is not present

Although Russia sent several athletes to compete in the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games, they did not complete until the 1952 Games.

 

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