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Olympic History

开始朗读 The early Olympic Games (from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D.) were celebrated as a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus. The games were eventually banned in ancient Greece for being a pagan festival and the Olympic tradition died temporarily at that point. However, a French educator named Baron Pierre de Coubertin, decided that he wanted to start a program that would teach people to balance the development of both their minds and their bodies.


开始朗读 In 1892 he brought his idea in front of the Union des Sport Athletiques in Paris and proposed a revival of the ancient tradition. Thus the modern-day Olympic Summer Games were born. Pierre de Coubertin created a sports congress to help him plan the Games and it included representatives from the United States, Russia, Belgium, France, Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain and Sweden.


开始朗读 Pierre de Coubertin originally wanted the event to take place in France but he was convinced by the countries participating in the council to hold the first Modern Olympics in Greece because that was where the tradition started. After that the Olympics would move to a different city every four years. The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 with athletes competing in nine sports events: cycling, fencing, gymnastics, lawn tennis, shooting, swimming, track and field, weight lifting, and wrestling. The Games were successful and in 1924 a Winter Olympics was added to the schedule. It was to take place in a separate, colder, location in the same year as the summer events. In 2000,the Sydney Games were the largest ever, with a record of more than 197 nations competing.

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