2016 Rio Olympics

Road to Rio - 2016 Olympics

When is there ever another time where nations from around the world come together to compete for their Country?

The awesome Olympic Games never fail to deliver on speed, excitement and electric atmosphere.

      

History

The Games as we know them now were inspired by the first ancient Olympic games held in Olympia, Greece, back in 776 BC! That’s seriously old! Originally the Games were dedicated to the Olympian gods, particularly Zeus, he's kinda scary looking!

Fact! 

All free Greek males were able to participate in the ancient Olympic Games, however, married women were not permitted to participate or even to watch!

The Events

Unlike the 41 summer events we now have in the modern Olympics, back then the Games were initially a one-day event. In 684 BC they were extended to three days, then again extended to five days in the 5th Century BC.

The ancient games included: running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, equestrian events and pankration, which is basically a combination of boxing and wrestling, with very little rules! Ouch!

The Games Now

In the 20th & 21st centuries we saw the introduction of the Winter Olympics, specifically created for ice and winter sports and the Paralympics Games, for athletes with disabilities.

The Games have evolved from having only amateurs competing, to now allowing professional athletes to compete also. It is still a great opportunity for little known athletes to gain some much deserved international exposure.

No matter if you are a professional, amateur or even a couch surfing athlete, the Olympic Games has something for everyone to enjoy. Take some time to watch these extraordinary, talented people battle head to head in order to proudly take home a medal for their Country.

Good luck to all the athletes!

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