Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Duel of Olympics: Ancient vs. Modern

The Olympic games orginally started in Greece, in the year 776 BC. The place where the games take place changes every time. This year, the 2010 winter olympics are in Vancouver. In the first 13 olympics, there was only one core event: the stadion race. Today, there are several sports. The winter olympics now include alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating. The summer olympics include archery, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, water polo, weightlifting, etc. Religion and politics prevaded the ancient olympics. Greeks competed in the games naked, and women could not participate. Today, men and women can participate if they quailify. Fancy uniforms are worn by teams by all countries. The olympics still display great athletes and impeccable sportsmanship.

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Citation: Instone, Stephen Dr. "The Olympics: Ancient versus Modern". BBC. 2009. 12 Feb. 2010.

"Olympic Sports". The Vancouver Organizing Committee. 2010. 12 Feb. 2010.

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