The 2008 Olympics in Beijing will be called the 29th Olympiad. They are actually numbered as if they were held every four years. For example, the cancelled 1916 Olympics would have been the 6th, but the 1920 Olympics were called the 7th. The Olympics were skipped in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the wars. So the 29th Olympiad will really be the 26th modern Olympics.
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.
There are many differences between the ancient and modern Olympics.Main reasons would be the appearance of the competitors i.e. men competed naked for pride and toughness. Another reason would be the sports as the ancient Olympics consisted of at most ten sports. The modern Olympics have substantially more events and soon increased throughout the ages!in ancient Olympics athletes who won will have a lifetime supply of foods, in modern Olympics victorious athletes will have medals .. and the modern Olympics now have winter Olympics , there are more sports than in ancient Greek the ancient is a preparation for war but the modern are sporting eventsSome of the differences were:The ancient Olympics were held only throughout Greece, for Greeks; the modern Games are held around the world, for people of every nation.The ancient games allowed only men to compete. Competition was performed almost nude. Wars were put on hold for (and sometimes, even decided by) the ancient Olympic games. Winners were often awarded expensive prizes, including land and olives (a precious commodity in ancient times).The modern Games, until recently, had strict requirements about being an amateur. Both men and women compete, though separately. They were canceled during the World Wars. In 1980 (Moscow) and 1984 (Los Angeles), a substantial number of countries boycotted the Games, which in ancient times would have led to out-and-out war.In addition, the modern Games have a winter sports program; the Winter Games used to be held the same year as the summer edition, but as of the Lillehammer (Norway) Games of 1994, they've been shifted by two years to be held on the even-numbered year that falls between the Summer Olympic years.In ancient times:Wars between all competing nations would end, competitors were only men, there were only summer games every 4 years, only at Olympia (never changing the venue), very religious event, most events were nude, women were rarely allowed to attend, festivities included drama productions. The following were competed in: Sprinting, long distance running, wrestling, discus, shot put, archery, long jump, weight lifting, javelin, sometimes dancing, gymnastics of balancing sorts.Modern times;Besides the ones listed above, there are now winter sports so Olympic occur every 2 years, women can compete and watch, there are more sports, multiple venues in a single changing host nation, opening and closing ceremonies, used as political event (boycotting would never be allowed in ancient Greece). Some of the new competitions include: bicycling, marathons, swimming events, diving, synchronized swimming, gymnastics like the rings, the bar, pole vaulting, rowing, sailing, white water racing, shooting, soccer, softball, baseball (as of 2008 being the last year), tennis, ping pong, volleyball (beach and court), and many more.While there are a great many differences between the modern and the ancient Olympics, in terms of which sports are included, what the rules are for those sports, the number of athletes and observers, and other such details, the single greatest difference is that the ancient Olympics were competitions between different Greek athletes, involving no participation by athletes from any other nation, whereas the modern Olympics are a global event in which athletes from all over the world represent their nations.The ancient Olympics were first held in thousands of years ago. In 1896, the modern Olympics began. The contestants in the ancient Olympic game were mainly men and competed in nude for toughness and braveness. A prominent difference between the games were that the ancient Olympics were held in honor of the Greek god, Zeus, yet in the modern Olympics, competitors compete in favor of reward and self-best.In modern Olympics, contestants are of both genders. This gives women the right to participate, when in ancient Olympics, there were little women participants. In the ancient Olympics, the only women who took part were unmarried virgins. These participants did not attract as much attention as the men who dominated the Olympics in the ancient times.This gives the main difference between the modern and ancient Olympics.then they wore braids in their hair and now they dont. they were naked
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The Greek Olympics were originated in 776 B.C., Olympia.
There were no Winter Olympics in 2007.
There was no Winter Olympics held in 1918.
The Winter Olympics were not held in 1982.
There were no Olympics in 1966. The 1964 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria and the 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France.
the winter Olympics will be held at Vancouver, Canada on 2015
The winter Olympics have never been held in Australia.
The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
The 1998 Winter Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan
The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France.
The 1994 Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway.
The 2014 winter olympics were held in Sochi, in Russia.
The Winter Olympics are held every fourth year, two years after the Summer Olympics.