The Olympic games has brought people together from 776BC, when it was founded in Olympia, to the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing.
The Paralympics and the Special Olympic games also play a large role in the Olympic Games. The Paralympic and Special Olympics allow athletes with disabilities to compete.
From 776 BC the Olympic games were played every four years, and was regulated this way to follow the Greek Calender Olympaid and lasted a long 1170 years until it was banned at 303 AD by the Christian Byzantine Emperor Thedodosius.
Until, 'Mr Baron Pierre De Cabertin' Began a campaign in France to get the Olympics back, his campaign was very successful and the Olympics started once more during the 19th centuary.
The Summer Games
The Summer Games were originally the first events in the Olympic games, as the winter events weren't entered into the program until 1908, and the event introduced was figure skating.
The summer games have changed throughout the years, and in 2012 womens boxing will be an event with three competitions taking place.
The Winter Games
The Winter Games
The first Winter Olympics were called the "International Winter Sports Week,’ this was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.The Winter Olympics featured 16 events in six different sports. Athletes representing 16 nations competed in bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, skating, skiing and the biathlon. Charles Jewtraw the American speed skater was the first athlete in history to win a Winter Olympic competition.
Information on the London 2012 Olympics including sport events
Paralympic sporting events and information
The Olympic Park Venue and ceremony events
A brief atricle on the origins of the Olympics.
Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe / kayak, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Softball Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling,
Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling, Ice Hockey, Luge, Skating, Skiing,
RECOGNISED SPORTS:Climbing, bridge, golf, roller skating and surfing are sports that are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The International Sports Federations (IFs) that administer these sports must ensure that their statutes, practice and activities conform with the Olympic Charter.
OLYMPIC SPORTS OF THE PAST:Tug of war, rugby, polo, lacrosse, and golf were once on the Olympic programme. Have a closer look at these sports and discover others that have become a part of Olympic history.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Sports Federations apply sports rules and ensure the integrity of Olympic sports.
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