World History Project

Greek Sports.

Ancient Sports/Olympic past vs present

Throughout history, communities world wide have valued athletes who posses great physical strength, agility and balance. In ancient times, the Greeks believed that athletic competitions were a way to please the gods and honor dead heroes. But in todays world the games havent and have changed a lot. You get a gold medal for first place a bronze medal for second place and silver for third place. In the Ancient Greek Olympics there were only ten sports while in modern day Olympics there are substantially more. Still, as in the modern games, they slowly added more. In the ancient games they had 4 running races, equestrian racing, wrestling, boxing, pancratium, pentathlon, and chariot races. In Modern Day Olympics they have gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, fencing, and volleyball to name a few, and of course there are all the winter sports. However, the sports of chariot races and pancratium have been discontinued.

ancient Olympics

The first written words of the ancient Olympic games date back to 776 B.C., when a cooked named Coroebus won the only event a 192 meter foot race called the stade (the origin of the modern "stadium") to become the first Olympic champion. But the main sports back then was Boxing, Wrestling, Pancration, Pentathlon, Chariot Races, Equestrian Races and Running events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Olympic_Games

The main events.

But in todays world the games havent and have changed a lot. You get a gold medal for first place a bronze medal for second place and silver for third place. In the Ancient Greek Olympics there were only ten sports while in modern day Olympics there are substantially more. Still, as in the modern games, they slowly added more. In the ancient games they had 4 running races, equestrian racing, wrestling, boxing, pancratium, pentathlon, and chariot races. In Modern Day Olympics they have gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, fencing, and volleyball to name a few, and of course there are all the winter sports. However, the sports of chariot races and pancratium have been discontinued.

http://www.history.com/topics/olympic-games

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