The World 's Preeminent Sporting Competition

1192 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
When you think of the Olympics, sports like gymnastics, soccer, swimming, hockey and many more events probably come to mind. However, very few of the sports that are competed in now existed when the Olympics first began. They have evolved considerably over the last 3,000 years. First of all, there were very few events compared to how many there are now. Also, the Olympics went from only being known in Greece to being “the world’s preeminent sporting competition.” (History)
The Olympics can be traced back as far as 776 BC. The games were devoted to the Olympian gods and took place in Olympia, which according to Greek myths is on the island of “Pelops”. The first ever Olympics were also held every four years during a religious festival and they were dedicated to the Greek God Zeus. In the modern Olympics, all men and women can compete in the games, but it wasn’t like that in the Ancient Olympics. Olympic.org says that, “All free male Greek citizens were entitled to participate in the ancient Olympic Games regardless of their social status” (Olympic). They went on for 12 centuries before “pagan cults,” which are the following of nature-worshipping religions, were outlawed in 393 AD by Emperor Theodosius (Olympic).
The Olympic Games would not be revived until the late 19th century. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 13 different countries represented and 280 male competitors participated in nine sports consisting of 43 events. According…
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