Thursday, April 12

Let the Games begin

I think it's time for me to time travel and shake things up a bit.

The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympics have become the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate.

Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was perceived to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Athens, Greece from April 6-15, 1896. It was the first international Olympic Games held in the Modern era.

Women were not allowed to compete at the 1896 Summer Olympics. Women participated for the first time at the 1900 Paris Games with the inclusion of women's events in lawn tennis and golf, although there were three French women competing in croquet and there was at least one woman sailor as part of mixed crews. Women's athletics and gymnastics debuted at the 1928 Olympics.

After the success of the 1896 Games, the Olympics entered a period of stagnation that threatened their survival. The Olympic Games held at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and the World's Fair at St. Louis in 1904 were side-shows. The Games at Paris did not have a stadium; however, this was the first time women took part in the games. The St. Louis Games hosted 650 athletes, but 580 were from the United States.

The Games are currently held every two years, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, although they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games.

Hmm, where shall I start....

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