The Olympic Games!?

Could someone please give me a short introduction to the modern olympic games?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761562380/olym...

    Olympic Games, international sports competition, held every four years at a different site, in which athletes from different nations compete against each other in a variety of sports. There are two types of Olympics, the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. Through 1992 they were held in the same year, but beginning in 1994 they were rescheduled so that they are held in alternate even-numbered years. For example, the Winter Olympics were held in 1994 and the Summer Olympics in 1996. The Winter Olympics were next held in 1998, and the Summer Olympics next occurred in 2000.

    The modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece, in 1896, two years after French educator Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympic Games of ancient Greece be revived to promote a more peaceful world. The program for the 1896 Games, including only summer events (the Winter Olympics were not established until 1924), included about 300 athletes from fewer than 15 countries competing in 43 events in nine different sports. By contrast, when the Summer Olympics returned to Athens in 2004, more than 10,000 athletes from 202 countries competed in 28 different sports.

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    The Olympic Games, an international athletics competition, are held every four years at a different site. A modified revival of the Olympian Games, the Olympic Games were

    inaugurated in the spring of 1896. Planning for the modern games began in 1894, with the founding of the International

    Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC enlisted the aid of sports organisations and individuals of various countries, chiefly European at first. The committee drafted policy and selected

    Athens, Greece, as the site of the first Olympic Games. In theory, athletes of all nations are eligible to participate.

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    The site of the games is chosen, usually six years in advance, by the IOC. Atlanta, Georgia, was chosen as the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The 2000 Summer Olympics will be held in Sydney, Australia.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an international multi-sport event usually Quadrennial, organised by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympics are the most prestigious such event in the world, though they are not the world's most-watched sporting event - the television audience for the single-sport FIFA World Cup is larger. Medals are awarded in each event, with gold medals for first place, silver for second and bronze for third, a tradition which started in 1904.

    The Games have expanded from a 42-event competition with fewer than 250 men competing to including over 10,000 competitors of both genders from 202 nations. Organisers for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing expect approximately 10,500 athletes to take part in the 302 events on the programme for the Games.[1] The 2004 Summer Olympics, for which organisers had also expected 10,500 competitors, drew a total of 11,099 in the 301 events offered.

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