The Olympics history dates back to 776 B.C. in a religious stadium in Olympia, Greece. The word "Olympic" is commonly associated with the Olympic games or the Olympic deity. Religion had a great influence on how the games were played and who could compete and what prize would be given to the winner of each event. Read on to learn more about the history of the Olympics.
776 B.C. to 393 A.D. During ancient Olympic history, all events were held in the city of Olympia. The athletes did not have to travel from one city to another city. If you were a slave, you could not participate in any Olympic games. To compete in the Olympics, you had to be a free man that could speak the Greek language.
1896 to 1932 In 1896, modern Olympics history and the game expanded to Spain, Russia and the United States and other countries and James B. Connolly won the very first medal in the triple jump contest. Women began to participate in the games in 1900. Officials began to use timing devices in 1912 and the games were not celebrated in 1916 because of the First World War. By 1924, the Olympics expanded to include 3,000 athletes and 44 nations and Eddie Tolan became the first black person to win the gold medical in 1932.
1936 to 1960 More than 100,000 fans witnessed the Olympics history in 1936 when Jessie Owens won four gold medals in Berlin. The games were cancelled in 1940 in Tokyo and they were cancelled in London in 1944 because of the Second World War. By 1960, the Games became more popular. In Rome, there were 5,000 competitors and 83 nations that celebrated the games and future legend Cassius Clay went on to win a boxing match.
1964 to 1988 There is still more information to be learned about the Olympics history. The citizens of Tokyo invested 3 billion dollars to welcome everyone to the sporting event in 1964 and Americans were able to see their athletes compete for the first time from the comfort of their homes via satellite. In 1972, the Olympics were viewed by a billion spectator’s world wide and nine Israeli team members were killed by Middle East terrorists. Several nations boycotted the events in 1980 and in 1988, about 9,000 athletes competed fort the bronze, silver and gold medals.
1992 to Present In 1992, an estimated 15,000 athletes and staff members made the trip to Barcelona to be part a part of the Olympics history. Ervin Johnson and Michael Jordan along with Larry Bird and other teammates led the US basketball team to victory. The games were awarded to the city of Atlanta in 1996 and a bomb explosion interrupted the games. In 2000, the games were moved to the beautiful city called Sydney in Australia. Finally, the nation of walls is the games last stop and 70,000 volunteers helped the city of Beijing to host the games in 2008.