The Olympics . History . The Ancient Greek Games First recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BC in the town of Olympia. Running Races was the only sport, but gradually other events were added. Stopped by a Roman Emperor in 393 AD
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History The Ancient Greek Games • First recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BC in the town of Olympia. • Running Races was the only sport, but gradually other events were added. • Stopped by a Roman Emperor in 393 AD • Were established as a way for the ancient Greeks to salute their gods. • The original Olympics featured competition in music, oratory, and theater performances as well. The Modern Olympics • Started again in the 19th Century (1896) by a Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin. • He believed it could contribute to world peace and international friendship. • First modern games held in 1896 in the town of Athens • 1912 women were first allowed to compete • Beginning in 1924 a Winter Olympics was included. • Because of the increasing size of both Olympics, the Winter Games were shifted to a different schedule after 1992.
The Olympic Symbol • Five rings symbolize the populated continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, and South America • It is believed that the colors of the rings – blue, black, and red on top, yellow and green on the bottom – where chosen because at least one of them can be found in the flag of every country in the world. • The linked rings symbolize the coming together of all the people.
Different Types of Games • Olympics Winter Games • Paralympics Winter Games • Olympics Summer Games • Paralympics Summer Games
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay • Began on October 22, 2009 with a traditional ritual lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece (home of the Olympic Flame) • Will then travel by land, air, and water during a 106 – day journey as it visits more than 1,000 communities in Canada. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p7PeKPxRHA The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in brief: • Over 100 days in length. • Over 1,000 communities and places of interest where torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame. • Nearly 200 celebrations hosted by communities in every province and territory. • Approximately 90 per cent of Canada’s population will be within a one-hour drive of experiencing the Olympic Flame. • Over 45,000 kilometers will be travelled. • Extensive tour of the North including a planned visit to Alert, Nunavut, the northernmost permanently inhabited community in the world. • 12,000 people will have the honor of being an Olympic Torchbearer and will help carry the flame to Vancouver, a majority of whom will be selected through public programs.
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay View interactive map. http://www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-information/olympic-torch-relay/olympic-torch-relay-interactive-map/
Theme of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games With Glowing Hearts
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games * Number of Olympic athletes and officials: 5,500 * Countries participating in Olympic Winter Games: 80+
Vancouver 2010Paralympics Winter Games • Number of Paralympic athletes and officials: 1,350 • Countries participating in Paralympic Winter Games: 40+
Hosting Country – Canada • Second largest country in the world (Russian Federation is the largest) • Ten provinces and three territories (capital cities are in brackets). • Provinces : Alberta (Edmonton), British Columbia (Victoria), Manitoba (Winnipeg), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Newfoundland and Labrador(St. John's), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Ontario (Toronto), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Quebec (Quebec City), Saskatchewan (Regina) • Territories : Yukon (Whitehorse), Nunavut (Iqaluit), Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), • Canada is on the continent of North America • The country stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. • The Arctic Ocean is north and the United States is south. • Canada is north of the 49th parallel of latitude. • The 49th parallel was chosen as a border from the Great Lakes to the west coast.
Opening Ceremony Friday, February 12, 2010