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The Olympics: Then and Now The earliest recorded date in history for the Olympics. Ancient Olympic Games lasted from around 776 B.C. until 394 A.D. At this time, the Olympics were ended by the Roman emperor Theodosius. 776 B.C. Archaeological site at Olympia

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776 b c
The earliest recorded date in history for the Olympics.

Ancient Olympic Games lasted from around 776 B.C. until 394 A.D. At this time, the Olympics were ended by the Roman emperor Theodosius.

776 B.C.

Archaeological site at

Olympia

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In 684 B.C., the Ancient Olympics were changed from a one day event to a three day event.

Eventually, the Olympics were extended to five days in the fifth century.

684 B.C.

Two discus throwers and a javelin thrower

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The Olympic Games were revived because Pierre de Coubertin helped to start them up again.

A council was formed at this time and decided the Olympics would move to other great cities in the world every four years.

1896

Pierre de Coubertin

Pan-Athenian stadium in Athens - 1896

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A Winter Olympics was included to the Olympic Games.

During this time, Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer Games.

1924

The first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix.

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Nazi Germany used the Olympics to try and prove Adolf Hitler’s theories of Aryan racial superiority.

Jesse Owens was the hero of the games. He won four gold medals.

1936

Adolf Hitler at the opening

ceremonies

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The Olympics were held in Mexico.

The high altitudes of the land caused controversy.

Records were made in all of the men’s races that were 400m or shorter.

1968

James Ray Hines (USA) at the finish of the 100m in Mexico City -1968

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Winter Games were now held two years after the Summer Games.

At this time, the Winter Games included Alpine and Nordic skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, bobsledding, and the luge.

1994

February 1994 – A skier.

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This year marked the Centenary Games for the Olympics.

A terrorist bomb killed one person at the Centennial Olympic Park.

A record was set because 79 nations won medals.

1996

The Centenary Games in

Atlanta

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The Olympics are again held in Athens.

This event is significant because Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games.

2004

Olympic Stadium – Athens, Greece – 2004

images reference list
Images Reference List
  • Slide One: Olympic Logo. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/index_uk.asp.
  • Slide Two: Chevalley, A. (2002). Olympic Museum collections. Archaeological site at Olympia. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/ancient/index_uk.asp.
  • Slide Three: Olympic Museum Collections. Two discus throwers and a javelin thrower in between. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/ancient/index_uk.asp.
  • Slide Four: Olympic Museum Collections. (1896). Pierre de Coubertin and the Pan-Athenian stadium. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1896.
  • Slide Five: Olympic Museum Collections. (1908). Olympic Stadium – London. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1908.
  • Slide Six: Olympic Museum Collections. (1924). The first Winter Olympics. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp?OLGT=2&OLGY=1924.
  • Slide Seven: Olympic Museum Collections. (1936). IOC members and Chancellor Adolf Hitler at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XI Olympiad. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1936.
  • Slide Eight: Olympic Museum Collections. (1968). Athletics, men's 100m, at the finish. James Ray Hines (USA) 1st. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp?OLGY=1&OLGY=1968.
  • Slide Nine: Olympic Museum Collections. (1994). A skier. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp?OLGY+2&OLGY=1994.
  • Slide Ten: Olympic Museum Collections. (1996). Centenary Games. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp?OLGY=1&OLGY=1996.
  • Slide Eleven: Vergas, K. (2004). Athens Olympic Stadium. Retrieved October 7, 2004 from http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/athens/index_uk.asp.