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05.04.2012, 17:12

The Olympic Games

         The history of the Olympic Games dates back to 776 BC, the year when the first athletic contest took place in Olympia (in Greece). The festival was held every four year in the middle of summer and continued for over 1200 years.

         The modern Olympics, which were the idea of Pierre de Coubertin, were started in 1896. Coubertin was a French aristocrat who wanted to re-establish the games as a championship for amateur sports people. In 1894, when it first met, the Olympic committee chose Athens as the site of the first modern Olympics. At the 1896 games, 12 nations competed in nine different sports.

         Since the start, the games have changed considerably and many memorable events have occurred. At the 1924 games, the Olympic motto citius, altius, fortius (‘faster, higher, stronger’) was first used. It was also the year when a separate Winter Olympics was first held. Four years later, when the games were held in Amsterdam, women competed in athletics for the first time. More recently, at the Sydney 2000 games, the triathlon was held for the first time and taekwondo, that had been a demonstration sport since the 1988 Olympics, was introduced as a competitive sport. The 2004 games returned to Athens, the place where it all started.

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