History of the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are an international sports festival that began in ancient Greece. They were renewed in 1896, and since then they have been staged every fourth year. For two weeks and a half any international conflicts must be stopped and replaced with friendly competitions.
The earliest record of this games goes back to 776 BC. The ancient Games were held in honour of Zeus. Only one athletic event was held in the ancient Olympics — a footrace. Only men were allowed to compete or watch the games. The 18th Olympics already included wrestling and pentathlon, and later Games — chariot races and other sports.
Pierre de Coubertin, a young French nobleman, had an idea to bring the Olympic Games back to life. He managed to organize the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The Athens Games in 1896 were a success.
Beginning in 1926 Winter Olympics were included. The Olympics are governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), situated in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Athletics or track-and-field is the general name given to such kinds of sports as running, long jump, high jump and others. Most of track events are named according to distance.
My favorite sport is swimming. It’s very pleasant and terrific when you dive from ski jump to fresh water or simply lie on the water. It’s very healthy too. I like some other sports but swimming is my favorite sport.

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History of the Olympic Games