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Information about Olympic Games

 Olympic Motto:

 

 Citius, Altius, Fortius

Faster, Higher, Stronger

 

 

 

 

The Ancient Olympics

The Olympic Games begun at Olympia in Greece in 776 BC.

The Greek calendar was based on the Olympiad, the four-year period between games.

It had only one event, a sprint. The race was run by men.

Some of the later sports added into Olympics are:

Boxing

Discus (part of Pentathlon)

Equestrian Events (horse riding)

Javelin (part of Pentathlon)

Jumping

Pankration

Pentathlon

Running

Wrestling

 

The Flag of the Olympic Games:

 

Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe) and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions.

The colors, from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and red, were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.

 

Olympic Flame

                                    

                                    

The Olympic flame is a practice continued from the

ancient Olympic Games.

In Olympia (Greece), a flame was ignited by the sun

and then kept burning until the closing of the

Olympic Games.

The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at

the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.

 

Olympic Mascot

 

The Olympic mascot, an animal or human figure

representing the cultural heritage of the host country,

was introduced in 1968 .

It has played an important part of the games since

1980 with the debut of Misha, a Russian bear.

 

 

Misha-1980Moscow   Syd, Olly and Millie --  2000 Sydney Fuwa-"Good-luck dolls" -                                                                                     2008 Beijing, China