why do we have the olympic games

The Olympic Games, or Olympics for short, is an international athletic and sports competition held every 4 years in Summer in a different country, with the Winter Olympic Game
s held every 4 years too, but right in-between the Summer Olympic Games calendar, so both events alternate every 2 years. It follows the tradition of the ancient Olympian Games which were held in Greece. the Olympics is a sporting event that people come from all over the world to play or just to watch. It is played in a different country every time its played (e. g Japan 1987) (Brazil 2001) The winner of the sport gets a gold medal, second gets a silver medal, third gets a bronze medal. Summer Olympics:   Come every 4 years meaning that they always come on an 'even numbered' year.

They do summer sports and all year round sports but not winter ('snowy and icy') sports. Here are the years and venues of recent Olympics and Olympics in the near future (Please fill these in): 1976- Montreal, Canada, North America 1980- Moscow, Russia, Asia 1984- Los Angeles, USA, North America 1988- Seoul, Korea, Asia 1992- Barcelona, Spain, Europe 1996- Atlanta, USA, Northe America 2000- Sydney, Australia, Oceania 2004- Athens, Greece, Europe 2008- Beijing, China, Asia 2012- London, England, UK, Europe 2016-? 2020-?   Winter Olympics:   Come every 4 years like the Summer ones. These do have the 'snowy and icy' sports and come exactly between the summer ones so for example, the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics were two years before the Beijing ones and two years after the Athens Olympics.

There is always a 2 year gap between the two different types of Olympics. Summer Olympics 2 years Winter Olympics 2 years Summer Olympics 2 years Winter Olympics etc. A list of the Winter Olympics that are either recent or in the near future: 1994- Lillehammer, Norway, Europe 1998- Nagano, Japan, Asia 2002- Salt Lake, USA, North America 2006- Turin, Italy, Europe, 2010- Vancouver, Canada, North America 2014- Sochi, Russia, Asia 2018-? 2022-? NB: Please fill in the above spaces when the countries have been chosen Check out countries bids on sites like Wikipedia if you want to see the possible venues for the next Olympics. Please visit: http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Olympic_bid The Olympics are a time every four years for either summer or winter for each country that participates to come in one city and try to compette in games to win bronze, sliver, or gold1 The first written records of the ancient Olympic Games date to 776 B. C. , when a cook named Coroebus won the only eventБa 192-meter footrace called the stade (the origin of the modern БstadiumБ)Бto become the first Olympic champion.

However, it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years by that time. Legend has it that Heracles (the Roman ), son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene, founded the Games, which by the end of the 6th century B. C had become the most famous of all Greek sporting festivals. The ancient Olympics were held every four years between August 6 and September 19 during a religious festival honoring Zeus.

The Games were named for their location at Olympia, a sacred site located near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. Their influence was so great that ancient historians began to measure time by the four-year increments in between Olympic Games, which were known as Olympiads. Did You Know? The 1896 Games featured the first Olympic marathon, which followed the 25-mile route run by the Greek soldier who brought news of a victory over the Persians from Marathon to Athens in 490 B. C. Fittingly, Greece's Spyridon Louis won the first gold medal in the event. In 1924, the distance would be standardized to 26 miles and 385 yards.

After 13 Olympiads, two more races joined the stade as Olympic events: the diaulos (roughly equal to todayБs 400-meter race), and the dolichos (a longer-distance race, possibly comparable to the 1,500-meter or 5,000-meter event). The pentathlon (consisting of five events: a foot race, a long jump, discus and javelin throws and a wrestling match) was introduced in 708 B. C. , boxing in 688 B. C. and chariot racing in 680 B. C. In 648 B. C. , pankration, a combination of boxing and wrestling with virtually no rules, debuted as an Olympic event. Participation in the ancient Olympic Games was initially limited to freeborn male citizens of Greece; there were no womenБs events, and married women were prohibited from attending the competition.