Peanut T asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

where and when the olympics games began?

where and when did the Olympics games originated from and when was the last time an american brought the gold home who was the american that was known as the fastest runner I remember his first name was Jessie and hitler refuse to shake his hand when he won

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Olympic Games[1] is an international multi-sport event. The original Olympic Games (Greek: Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες; [Olympiakoi Agones] (help·info)) were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were celebrated until AD 393.[2] Interest in reviving the Olympic Games proper was first shown by the Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem "Dialogue of the Dead" in 1833.[3] Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He paid for the refurbishment of the Panathenian Stadium for Olympic Games held there in 1870 and 1875.[3] This was noted in newspapers and publications around the world including the London Review, which stated that "the Olympian Games, discontinued for centuries, have recently been revived! Here is strange news indeed ... the classical games of antiquity were revived near Athens."[4]

    The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 on the initiative of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The IOC has become the heart of the "Olympic Movement," a conglomeration of sporting federations that are involved in the organization of the Games. As the Olympic Movement has grown so have the profile and complexity of the Games. Participation in the Games has increased to the point that nearly every nation on earth is represented. With the proliferation of satellite communications, the internet, and the continuing trend towards globalization, the Olympics are consistently gaining supporters.[5] This growth has created numerous challenges, including political boycotts, the use of performance enhancing medications, bribery of officials, and terrorism.

    Despite these challenges the Olympics have continued to thrive and flourish. Each successive Games attempts to add more events in order to keep up with the ever-evolving advance of athletic expression around the world. The 2008 games in Beijing comprise 302 events in 28 sports.[6] The most recent Winter Olympics in 2006 featured 84 events in 7 sports.[7] While the Olympic Games do continue to evolve, they also encompass many rituals that were established during their infancy in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of these traditions are on display during the Opening and Closing ceremonies, and the medal presentations. For its part, the Olympic Movement has made considerable progress in fostering participation among as many nations as wish to compete, as well as focusing on the Olympic motto: Citius Altius Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger.

    The man you're talking about is Jessie Owens.

    in Berlin Olympics.

    Berlin Olympics

    In 1936 Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany.[4] He and other government officials had high hopes German athletes would dominate the games with victories (the German athletes did indeed achieve a top of the table medal haul). Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior[5]

    Owens surprised many [6] by winning four gold medals: On August 3, 1936 he won the 100m sprint, defeating Ralph Metcalfe; on August 4, the long jump (later crediting friendly and helpful advice from German competitor Luz Long[7]); on August 5, the 200m sprint; and, after he was added to the 4 x 100 m relay team, his fourth on August 9 (a performance not equaled until Carl Lewis won gold medals in the same events at the 1984 Summer Olympics).

    The long jump victory is documented, along with many other 1936 events, in the 1938 film Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl.

    On the first day, Hitler shook hands only with the German victors and then left the stadium. Olympic committee officials then insisted Hitler greet each and every medalist or none at all. Hitler opted for the latter and skipped all further medal presentations.[8][9] On reports that Hitler had deliberately avoided acknowledging his victories, and had refused to shake his hand, Owens recounted:[10]

    Jesse Owens on the podium after winning the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics

    Jesse Owens on the podium after winning the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics

    “ When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany. ”

    He also stated:[11]

    “ Hitler didn't snub me—it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram. ”

    Jesse Owens was never invited to the White House nor bestowed any honors by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) or Harry S. Truman during their terms. In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledged Owens' accomplishments, naming him an "Ambassador of Sports."

    Owens was cheered enthusiastically by 110,000 people in Berlin's Olympic Stadium and later ordinary Germans sought his autograph when they saw him in the streets. Owens was allowed to travel with and stay in the same hotels as whites, an irony at the time given that blacks in the United States were denied equal rights. After a New York ticker-tape parade in his honor, Owens had to ride the freight elevator to attend his own reception at the Waldorf-Astoria.[12]

  • 5 years ago

    Woah....that Nostradamus guy deserves a pat on the back. Now, i find 2012 the year of the next world war. Many reasons, many people are finding that there aren't enough resources in the world to sustain them. American, driven by Private military Corps will want to evade any countries posing a threat, eg korea is next on list. China has a huge strain of resources as it is. Petrol is getting more and more scarce. Information is being manipulated and many people feel that their rights to privacy on the internet is in jeopardy. And with 6 billion + guns that kill thousands in a matter of moments, i wouldnt be surprised. As cowardly as it may seem, ill just say f*** that and hide out for the years. Being in australia gives you that luxury. Its getting ridiculous on how easy it is to kill someone. Its not war the way it used to be. There isnt any beliefs or values why one must fight anymore. As it stands, soldiers in Iraq dont have a particular mission to complete. Therefore, there is only one reason to stay there. Money. It is also stated in your question. There is supporting evidence though i may not have the actual evidence, google does. Oh and the reason we arent stopping it is cause many are brainwashed and many of us cant be bothered. So far my life is going good, why divert the inevitable? War is apart of human nature. Luckily we have enough knowledge not to participate as we know its damn not worth it. And yeah, i do agree that it would take one incident for the entire world to go into war. I just hope australia can declare neutrality towards other countries and stay out of war. My greatest wish is that society doesn't go reverse and Afghanistan like.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ancient greece is where the original olympic games were. you are thinking of jesse owens. he won 4 track and field medals showing up hitler in berlin. so much for the arian race idea.

  • 1 decade ago

    The olympic games started in 776BC, in Olympia, Greece.

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