Olympics Photo of the Day

Monday, June 1, 2009

Olympic Games

The Olympic Games is a sporting event that takes place in a different city every four years. It includes many of the best athletes from all over the world. The first modern Games were held in Athens in 1896. The Motto of the Olympic Games is "Citius, Altius, Fortius," which means, in English, "Faster, Higher, Stronger."
There are separate games for the summer and winter. The Summer Olympic Games has many sports, including athletics (track and field events such as sprint, marathon, and discus), swimming, gymnastics, cycling, boxing, soccer, weightlifting, wrestling, basketball, and many other sports. The Winter Olympic Games also have many sports, but they are played in the winter. These include curling, skiing, speed skating, luge, bobsled, figure skating, and ice hockey.
Athletes win medals made of gold, silver, and bronze for coming in first, second, and third place in the Olympics.
The most recent Summer Olympics were held in 2008 in Beijing, China; before that, they were held in Athens, Greece in the year 2004. The next ones will be held in London, Great Britain, in 2012.
The most recent Winter Olympics were held in 2006 in Torino, Italy; before that, they were held in Salt Lake City, United States, in 2002. The next ones will be held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.