The Olympics are inspirational for many reasons. From the history of the Olympics to favorite sporting events to stories about individual athletes there is inspiration in every “Olympic corner”. You can enjoy watching, cheering, and hearing the stories. Even the 2016 theme is inspiring: Think Globally, Act Locally.
The ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece as long ago as the 8th century BC. Participation included several city-states and kingdoms, and featured athletic and competitive sports. It was held every four years. The late 4th century AD is generally accepted as the last time these events were held.
In more modern history, athletic events termed “Olympic” have been documented since the 17th century. The Wenlock Olympian Society was founded in 1860. The National Olympian Association led to the International Olympic Charter. In 1866, a national Olympic Games was held in London, England. The first Olympic Games under the IOC occurred in Athens, Greece in 1896. Athletes were amateurs competing at first. Things changed over time, even though there were controversies over the years. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 to expand winter sports involved. The games were held in the same year until the 1994 Games. Now every two years is either the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics.
In 1948, as part of World War II soldier rehabilitation, the Paralympic Games got their start. In 2010, the Youth Games for athletes ages 14 thru 18 began. Over 10,000 competitors from over 200 nations now compete in the Olympic Games. Stories from the girl that didn’t walk until she was two due to hip dysplasia to stories about people competing in multiple Olympics, there is a lot to be inspired by.
Enjoy watching and cheering on your favorite athletes and sports. Think Globally, Act Locally. Be inspired! Have a bright day!