The Olympics

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From Simple English Wikipedia:

The Olympic Games are an important international event featuring summer and winter sports. The Games are held every two years, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games taking turns.

Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD. The first “modern” Olympics happened in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

Over time, the Olympics have become bigger. The Winter Games were created for ice and snow sports. The Paralympic Games were created for athletes with physical disabilities.

The celebration of the Games includes many rituals and symbols, such as the Olympic flag and torch, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. The first, second, and third place finishers in each event receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The Olympic logo consists of five intertwined rings and represents the unity of the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and Europe). The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius, a Latin expression meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”

Before each Games, the Olympic flame is lit in Olympia, Greece. A female performer lights a torch with the use of the sun. The woman then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, starting the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city’s Olympic stadium.

This year’s host city is London, England.

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2 thoughts on “The Olympics

  1. says:

    Team USA got a championship in London 2012 Olympics, I am so happy!

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