History Of The Olympics

A Brief History of the Summer Olympics

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The Summer Olympic Games are not historically documented until 776 BC, but it is widely accepted that they had been in practice from as early as the 13th century BC. There are several Greek legends that speak of the beginnings of the Summer Olympic Games.

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A Brief History of Winter Olympics

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The first winter sport to be in competition at an Olympic Games was ice skating in 1908, but subsequent plans to get a Winter Olympic Games off the ground came to nothing – partly because of the competing attractions of the quadrennial “Nordic Games,” and partly because of the outbreak of the First World War.

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The First Official Summer Olympics

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The first official Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. They were set up by a Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, in conscious homage to the ancient Olympic Games that were held in Olympia in Greece between 776 BC and 393 AD – an amazing period of a thousand years.

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Training for the Ancient Olympics

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The first Olympics historically recorded were held in Olympia in 773 BC, but some historians believe that the event actually dates back to the thirteenth century. It is an ancient and wildly popular event – in fact, the most popular sporting event in history.

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