Facts about the History Of Olympic Games
(BY JAMIE DILLON)
It began as religious ceremony:
In Olympia in Ancient Greece, the Olympic games were held as a religious celebration in honour of their powerful Greek god Zeus.
They were held in this way from 776BC up to 393AD.
At the time that this practice was stopped, Christianity took root and recognized that the Olympic games was a pagan celebration.
Because of that they were shut down.
For centuries, the world forgot about the Olympic games until a French scholar known as Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded them again.
He proposed a motion across Europe to bring back the games and he was successful when they brought back the games in 1896.
The olympic games were held in Athens, Greece. We enjoy the olympic games today as a result of his efforts.
Thank you Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
The international symbol of the olympic games is a group of five different interconnected rings.
They represent the five major regions of the globe.
These are Africa, Europe, Asia,North America,South America and Oceana.
Each ring has a distinct color.
These colors are red, black, yellow, blue and green.
The rings were designed greatly by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1912.
Every single national flag in the world has one of the colors in the olympic rings.
The rings symbolize global unity.
Today, we enjoy watching the Olympics on our television at home.
We can watch our favorite countries participate and feel like we are right there in the stadium watching them.
In the past, this was not as it is today.
Most people in the world had to follow the olympics by listening to the radio.
Germany made a name for themselves by having the world's first televised olympic games.
The 1936 Berlin Olympics were watched on a television all across the country.
Often referred to as the Nazi Olympics, they were broadcasted in black and white.
The television feed was only available in Germany because global television had not been invented at the time.
So, everyone else followed the events by listening to the radio.