Olympic Games

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The Olympic games, held every four years, is the leading sports event in the world and is a showcase of the outstanding talents presented by athletes from over 200 nations. Featuring a summer and winter games, it consists of a total of 35 sports, each with a number of disciplines and events.

Based on the ancient Olympic games that were held in Greece from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD, The modern Olympics were founded again in 1894 with the introduction of the International Olympic Committee. The first games of the modern era were held in Athens in 1896.

The 1896 games were a comparatively modern affair when considering the heights of the current game. With only 14 nations competing, there were a total of 241 athletes at these games. The following games were held in Paris in 1900 and since then, the competition has moved to all corners of the globe.

Whilst being the pinnacle of sporting prowess in the world, the Olympic games have become a symbol of traditionalism and spirit in the field of sport. With the host city for each games announced seven years before the tournament, the games are more than just a month long competition. With an exceptional amount of planning and development required for the games, the host city becomes truly involved in the games for at least an eight year period, and leaves a lasting legacy on the Olympics for years to come.

Each Olympic games commences with an Opening ceremony, which is generally a presentation of the host countries culture and spirit. It is followed by the athlete’s parade where the athletes, grouped in their nations, enter the stadium. Traditionally, Greece enters first and the host nation enters the stadium last. The remaining nations enter in alphabetical order.

The Closing Ceremony, taking place after all the events have been completed, is a celebration of the games. Considered to be the ‘after party’, it usually features a range of musical artists from the host nation. The athletes again parade into the stadium, though this time with no national distinction. The passing of the Olympic flag from the host city to the mayor of the next host is coupled with the ceremonial extinguishing of the Olympic flame to officially end the Olympic games.

The Olympic games will continue to grow in the following years. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is set to hold the next summer games in 2016 and Sochi, Russia to hold the next winter games. The constantly changing nature of the games and the spirit and inspiration it induces will keep us infatuated for years to come.

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