Olympics Research Paper

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The 2016 summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5. This tradition started in 776 BC in ancient Greece (“The Real Story”). The final games of the ancient Olympics ended in 393 AD because of the fact that a Greek ruler named Theodosios decreed that all cult practices, including the Olympics, be ended (Cartwright). Barron Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat, suggested 1503 years later the idea of bringing back the Olympics in 1804 because he thought the more physical education would better the military (McNamara).Since their revival in 1804, the Olympics have kept some of the events the same, but also added and removed some. One of the most noticeable differences between the ancient and modern Olympics is the amount of events. The ancient Olympics consisted of a few field events and only one running event. The first running event, won by a cook named Corebus, was a 192 meter sprint (“Olympic Games”). The current Olympics include 24 track and field events for the men and 23 for the women. Some of these events include the 100 meter sprint, 200 meter sprint , 400 meter sprint and 1500 meter run (“Athletics”). In the ancient Olympics one of the biggest attractions was …show more content…
Becoming a participate of the Olympics is a hard task, an athlete must first comply with the Olympic Charter and follow the rules of the International Federation governing the sport. There is no specific age limit but the youth Olympics are from age 15 to 18. In the United States in order to make it to the trials you must meet the “B” standard. The International Olympic Committee are currently allowing transgender men to compete in the male category and transgender women to compete in the women category after a year of hormone replacement therapy (Allen). Every country and sport has its designated uniform, for example swimmers wear swimsuits but the different countries wear different

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