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The Olympic Games Ancient Games and the Modern Games The Ancient Olympics Began in 776 BC at Olympia, Greece Originally a religious ceremony in honor of the Greek gods. 100 oxen were sacrificed at the beginning of the Games

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the olympic games

The Olympic Games

Ancient Games and the

Modern Games

the ancient olympics
The Ancient Olympics
  • Began in 776 BC at Olympia, Greece
  • Originally a religious ceremony in honor of the Greek gods.
    • 100 oxen were sacrificed at the beginning of the Games
    • “Olympic Truce:” All wars and battles were halted so that everyone could come and watch the Games.
    • Based on 4-year periods called Olympiads
the olympic athlete
Men only allowed to play

Men had to play in the nude or with very little clothing (“gymnos”)

Running was the only event at the first Games

The Olympic Athlete
rules
In wrestling…

No biting,

No eye gouging,

Breaking opponent’s limbs was legal,

In boxing…

Both men played until one gave up or died

In Greece, there was no Second Place

Only winners were honored, the losers were ignored

Winners were given a laurel wreath for their head

Rules
the end of the ancient games
The end of the Ancient Games
  • Ended in 394 AD by the Roman Emperor Theodosius, who was a Christian
  • Considered them “pagan” games
the modern games
The Modern Games
  • Revived in 1896 and first hosted in Athens, Greece
  • No women allowed to take part
  • Medals replaced the laurel wreaths
berlin 1936
Berlin, 1936
  • Hosted by the Nazis
  • Germans believe they were the best athletes in the world
  • Jessie Owens, a Black American runner, won four medals and shattered that myth
munich 1972
Munich, 1972
  • Terrorists took several Israeli athletes hostage
  • They were killed as they were being rescued
atlanta 1996
Atlanta, 1996
  • Centennial of the Games
  • Many thought it would go to Athens, Greece
  • 10,000+ athletes took part
  • Bomb exploded in Centennial Park
the olympics come home athens 2004
The Olympics Come HomeAthens 2004
  • Over 10,000 athletes to take part
  • Pumped over $1billion into the Greek economy
future olympic cities
Future Olympic Cities
  • February 10, 2006- Turin, Italy (Winter)
  • Summer 2008- Beijing China
  • Winter 2010- Vancouver, Canada
  • Summer 2012- London, England, UK
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