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Have you watched the Olympics on TV or better yet been there to experience it live? Did you ever wondered why the Olympics started? I did! If you want to be on or go to the Olympics, I think you first need to know about it. Why did the games start? At the original Olympics what games did they play? Also what games do they play today? Now, get ready for the world of the Olympics.

Have you ever wondered how the Olympics started? In Olympia, Greece the Olympic Games were held every four years. First Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC; that was about 3,000 years ago. At that time this great festival took place to honor the Greek gods. Olympics were held during the great festival. My resources say Olympics were held to please the various gods. One God, in particular, the most important was called Zeus. The Olympics were called Olympiad in Greece.

Now we know where the games are held, but we dont know what games they played? In the first thirteen Olympic games, there was only one event and that was the sprint. The sprint event was about one hundred and eight meters in length. Then later Pentathlon was added and it had different events. There was discus, javelin, jumping, running, and wrestling. After a while, they added Equestrian events and that included chariot racing and riding. The Ancient Olympics did have lots of events. They had two major events Equestrian and Pentathlon events.

You probably saw the Olympics on TV (NBC right?). Sometimes they dont show all the Olympic games that are played. Here is a scoop at what they do today at the Olympics Games. In the year 2012, they might have the Olympics Games held in Florida, USA. Right now the next Summer Olympic Games will be in Athens, Greece. The following is a list of the games played at Sydney, Australia in the year 2000:

Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Vball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Judo, Modern Pent, Mountain Biking, Rhythmic Gym, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swim, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Team Handball, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
(For more information go to www.nbcolympics.com)

Next Olympic games will be held in Salt Lake City in year 2002. Then the games will be played in year 2008 in Torino, Italy. The events included in Salt Lake City are:

Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country, Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Speed Skating
(For more information go www.olympics.org)

As you know the Olympic Games are held every four years. That means the winter and summer games are always two years apart. Here is an example:
In 1996, the Summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, USA.
In 1998 the Winter Olympic Games were held Japan.
In 2000 the Summer Olympic Games were held in Sydney, Australia.
In the year 2002 the Winter Olympic Games will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As we know, the Olympics were held every four years. Today, they are held all over the world but, in the beginning. They were held in the Olympia, Greece. These days we play tons of games at the Olympics but at the first Olympics they only had one event. That was the sprint. Now you learned that the Olympics were held to honor the ancient Greek gods. Becoming an Olympic Medallist is really hard and takes lots of work. Now, if you go to an Olympic games, you can tell the person you sitting next to the history of the Olympics.

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