The Olympic Games Who, What, When, Why, Where.. By SahanaKanabar
What is the Games? The Olympic games are a series of sporting events. This international event happens every four years and is held in different countries. It is a honor to qualify for the Olympics as only the best athletes are able to compete.
Beginning the Games The Greeks started these games in ancient times. Whoever won in an event was presented with an olive wreath and considered a real hero. Sometimes they would be fed for the rest of their lives.
When did this all start? This all first started in the year 776 B.C.. That was 2786 years ago, before even the starting of Rome! The Greeks even held it once every four years. They were stopped by Emperor Theodosius in 391 A.D. when he changed the religion to Catholicism. The Olympics were run for 1167 years.
Why? The games where religious, created for Zeus, a Greek God. There was a temple in his honor on Mount Olympus that was so great it was a 7th wonder of the world.
Where? The Ancient Olympic Games were started in Olympia, Greece. Olympia even gave its name to the Olympics
What events were there? • Boxing • Discus • Equestrian Events (Chariots) • Javelin • Jumping • Pankration • Pentathlon • Running • Wrestling
Competitors Only men were allowed to compete. Woman weren’t even able to watch. Men stripped to do the events. But there was always a priestess there though to witness the competition because she was a messenger of God.
Modern Olympics The tradition was started up again in 1896 by a Frenchman by the name of Pierre de Coubertin. It was held in Athens, Greeceon April 6th to the 15th in Athens, Greece.
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