The Olympics

By Hailey 8J

The Creation Of The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games held today are based off of the ancient Olympic Games. The ancient Olympic Games where held in Olympia, Greece, from 8th century B.C. to 4th century A.D. Many changes to the games have been made since then. Some of which are the addition the winter games, and also the paralympic games, for disabled athletes. The Olympics take place every two years, the summer and winter games alternating.

Athletes In The Games

About 13 000 athletes attend the games every time they take place. About 200 nations participate, all of which are represented by their athletes. There are currently 33 different sports, and 400 events in all. The person placing first in his or her event/sport, receives a gold medal, second place receives silver, and third place goes home with bronze. Only the professionals from the participating countries go to the games, so winning a medal is something to be extremely proud of.
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Usain Bolt Wins 200m Final -- London 2012 Olympics

Usain Bolt

This is Usain Bolt winning the 200m final at the London Summer Olympics in 2012.

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The next Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia, this year.