HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS

The games which originated in ancient Greece 3000 years ago. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the games were conducted every 4 years in Olympia, which was to honor the god Zeus. The first Olympics took place in the year 1896 in Athens. Since the year 1994, the summer and winter Olympics have been held separately and are alternated every two years. The first records of the Olympics states that a cool named Coroebus back in the day of 776 B.C. won the only event held then and was made to be the first Olympics champion. Legend says that Hercules, son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene, found the the games, which by the end of the 6th century B.C. The name of the games come from the location Olympia, which is a very sacred site located near to the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsular region. Eventually over time there were more events and races added into the event.

The pentathlon was introduced 708 B.C. The participation of the Olympics was first only for the male members of society and there were no women events held. Even more specifically, married women were prohibited from participating. The first modern games were hosted at Athens, Greece in 1896. There were about 280 participants and all were males. There were multiple new additions in the sporting events such as Swimming, Cycling, Wrestling, Cycling and so much more. The official symbol of the the modern games which is the five interlocking colored rings =, show the continents which unite to play the games. The continents being North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. The flag features the symbol and flew first at Antwerp,1920. After a few years the winter Olympics starred their debut by introducing a variety of winter sports such as figure skating, ice hockey, bobsledding. After a few years, women were introduced to a few sports and eventually to every sport and now women are leading various sporting categories in the Olympics.

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