Gateway Digital Project
By: Wally Tuell
Ancient Greece Sports
Most important athletic religious festival. Once the Olympics began they would use a parabolic mirror to reflect sunlight and light the torch. Once lit, it begins a journey to whatever city is hosting the Olympics that year. In the beginning, there was only one sport in Ancient Greece. This was foot races, foot races back then were only a 210 yard race. Later many sports were added like Javelin Throwing. This was where they had a stick and they saw who could throw it fartherest.
Whoever won the footrace would receive an olive branch.
The reason they received an olive branch was because they had not discovered the metal that was used to make Bronze, Silver, or Gold yet.
Boxing was also an event. It became more and more brutal. Jumping was another sport. Athletes used stone or lead weights called halteres to increase the distance of a jump. There was also Discus. The discus was originally made of stone and later of iron, lead or bronze.Pankration was another sport. It was a primitive form of martial art combining wrestling and boxing. Wrestling was another sport. This sport was highly valued as a form of military exercise without weapons. Also the Olympics became the one of the greatest sport festival's of all time.
Ancient China Sports
Bamboo drifting is a sport in ancient China Bamboo drifting is where people stand on a cane of bamboo and race each other down a river. In ancient China instead of having the Olympics they just had a enormous festival. They also had Archery which was another sport. In China they would grab a bow and arrow and shoot a target. Chinese golf was also another sport. In Chinese golf they would ride on a horse and they would have a golf club, that is how they would play golf.
Ancient Football, the Ancient football was like a regular football but it was made out of eight pieces of leather that were sewn together to form a round shell.