The ancient Greeks loved competition of all sorts. Each year, the various city-states of Greece sent athletes to festivals of games, which were held to honor the gods. The most important and prestigious were the games held at Olympia to honor Zeus, the king of the gods.
What is the main purpose of the Olympics?
The purpose of the modern Olympic Games is to promote peace and unity within the international community through the medium of sports. The founder, Pierre de Coubertin, saw the games as a way to bring political enemies together.
What was the main event of the Greek Olympics?
For the first 12 Olympics the stadion foot-race was the only event and it remained the most prestigious event throughout the history of the Games. The race was ran over one length (a stadion) of the stadium track, 600 ancient feet or 192 m and preliminary heats were held with heat winners going into the final.
What do the Olympics symbolize?
As can be read in the Olympic Charter, the Olympic symbol represents the union of the “five continents” of the world and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
Which country has bagged the most Olympic medals?
Here are the 10 countries with the most Olympic medals:
- United States (2827 medals)
- United Kingdom (883 medals)
- Germany (855 medals)
- France (840 medals)
- Italy (701 medals)
- Sweden (652 medals)
- China (608 medals)
- Russia (546 medals)
What do the Olympic rings stand for?
The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.