The international competition season of the Olympic Games draws attention from all over the globe. Every summer and winter Olympiad, even fans of this sensational Olympiad in remote corners of the world, where communication with the earth is only radio waves, worry about the athletes with their ears. Let’s imagine for a moment that you are an athlete representing your country in the Olympics. It is a great honor and responsibility for the team to represent their country. After all, every action, every achievement in the Olympics gives publicity to the whole world. Always since the founding of the games, the confrontation between countries has entailed popularity and excitement.
These are away world competitions among the countries of the world, which are a complex tournament and a purely sports holiday.
The official mention of them dates back to 776 BC.In crusted Greece, where people competed all these years trying to please the ancient Greek gods. They later disappeared and reappeared in our era in 1896.. Later they disappeared and resumed in our era in 1896.
Medal – Olympic incentive for athletes
For any winner, an outfit is needed for a distant desire to develop. At the first Olympic Games, the victors were honored with the ordinary silver medal and solemnly introduced with an olive wreath. Only in 1904 did varieties of medals seem: gold, silver and bronze. They did not look like the medals we are used to, which hover around the neck, but rather resembled badges with a ribbon that were attached to pins. Only after 1960 was it proposed to change the badges of the medals to those that hover around the neck. The first medals that were hung around the neck were on chains, and soon they were replaced with ribbons.
Initially, the medals depicted the traditional image of the Goddess of Victory, who held an olive twig in one hand and a wreath for the winner in the other. On the laple side of the medal, a large number of people were depicted who solemnly carried the champion. There have been many changes to the design of the medals throughout the years, but in 2004 a completely new version of the awards was introduced. They depicted the Goddess of Victory against the backdrop of an ancient Greek stadium. An interesting fact is that the gold medal is not exactly gold. According to the norms of the Olympic Games, gold is founded in such a medal of 6 grams, the rest of the metal is silver.
The debut of the modern Olympics
According to reliable information from the first sources, the competitions of the modern history of the Olympiad continued to exist, which were discontinued during the Second World War, which was the main contradiction of the Olympic Games. The man who took the initiative laid the foundation for the modern Olympiad – Pierre de Coubertin.
He dreamed of creating an international association of educators, politicians, sports figures – everyone who could help him resurrect the history of the sports Olympic Games. We must pay tribute to this historical figure. But a small number did not even reach 300 athletes from 14 countries.
Olympic as an alternative to war
Since sports resolved most disputes without war, the Olympic Games came to the rescue. They have become an excellent example that bloodshed can be avoided peacefully through sports competitions. During the games, wars stopped all over the earth.
I would like to mention gladiator fights. Initially, they were arranged at great celebrations, as a result, everything was turned up for the amusement of rich people. They were held in large arenas, which are similar to modern stadiums, only they are many times larger in size. animals were often used for such spectacular fights. Gladiators were mostly slaves and captives.
What do emblems and customs mean?
Almost every inhabitant of the planet Earth knows that these are five fastened circles, symbolizing the unification of the five continents of the world. This sign means that sport unites and unites the whole world, inviting all nations to itself. In honor of these concerts, wars all over the world were even stopped so as not to anger the ancient gods.
Among the traditional ceremonies is the lighting of the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony.
The fire, which was given by the gods of Olympus to the people, is the original test of athletes since ancient Greek history. Where marathon runners run with eternal fire, which cannot be put out by wind or water, as it is a gift from the gods.
Top 3 popular sports in Summer competitions
- Football. For those who didn’t know, football is the most popular sport in the world. As a rule, only young teams have the opportunity to play in this tournament, because many professional football players are not allowed into the squad. And yet football matches gather a lot of excitement. By the way, this sport is the most beloved in China.
- Athletics is an integral part of the Olympic Games. Various types of disciplines still attract a huge number of fans to this day.
- Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Basketball regularly takes pride of place in this competitions.
As we can see, the world does not stand still and every time new improved sports appear. No one guarantees that the most popular sports in the world will remain unshakable in their ratings.
To participate in the Summer Olympic Games is a great honor for any athlete. After all, representing your country around the world is not an easy task. Athletes are preparing for this event for years, grueling themselves with training. Since there are more than forty summer sports, most countries do not have specially equipped halls for training. then the athletes have to independently come up with an alternative to such halls in order to properly prepare for the Olympics and not fall face down in front of competitors.
But as the athletes themselves say, these efforts and efforts are worth being a participant and defending the glory of your state at the Olympics, because this is only a small part of what you can do for your country.