Faster. Higher. Stronger. Those are the tenets that inspire athletes around the world to strive for greatness. The modern Olympic Games have brought moments of triumph and moments of tragedy as athletes compete to be the best in the world.
The Olympics have produced some of the most significant stories of human spirit, and every time the games come back, it reminds us of the joy in sport. The games originated in ancient Greece and started with foot races. Now, the games have evolved into an international competition that celebrates both winter and summer sports.
The Olympics show us mere mortals what the body and mind are capable of, and in some cases, these athletes are amateurs who do it for the love of competition.
Our challenge to you is simple: how many inspiring Olympic moments do you remember? You can expect questions about athletes and their events. As well as host cities and countries, which will rely on your knowledge of both the summer and winter Olympics. Let's see how you stack up!
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Ancient sporting events in Greece took place about 3,000 years ago. There were at least four major sporting events, one of which was the Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece. The games were held every four years, and the term “Olympiad” referred to the period of time in between games. Footraces and wrestling were early events, and later, the chariot race and boxing were introduced.
Pierre de Coubertin wanted to promote athletics, and Greece held its own Olympics in the mid-1800s. Coubertin was inspired by Greece and wanted to create an international Olympic Games to promote athleticism and peace. In his proposal, he said, “Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers, into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future, and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally.” The first modern Olympics were held in Greece in 1896.
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