The Events Of The Olympics

1031 WordsApr 22, 20165 Pages
The Olympics, as we know them today, were first held the summer of 1896 in Athens, Greece. However, the original games started as far back as 776 B.C. and were held every four years to honor Zeus, the Greek god of the sky. Men came from all over the Greek empire to compete in a number of events including foot races, wrestling, chariot racing, etc. With the fall of the Greek empire, though, came the fall of the Olympic games. The games were all but forgotten until, in 1892, a young Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin had the idea of reviving them and expanding them to a global scale. Although not well received at first, the idea eventually gained support and by 1896 Coubertin had the privileged of seeing his idea put into action (“First”). Since that time that games have increased exponentially with 204 countries sending more than 10,000 athletes to participate in the 2012 Olympics (“Countries”). With all this growth, however, has anyone really stopped to think whether the games are still worth the trouble? In this essay the good and bad of the Olympics will be discussed to see that, while there are negative aspects, the positive ones outweigh them. Hosting the games has always been a great honor so every four years cities from all over the world fight to be chosen as a host city. However, all the Olympics do is provide a platform for overspending and unnecessary waste. While it is a great honor, the social and economic burden presenting the games creates is too much for
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