08 Dec Understanding more when it comes to the Olympics
Big events tend to draw a number of people, either in person or via television, and this is surely the case each time the Olympics come round. In the last few years, we’ve marveled at the training, execution, and endurance of Michael Phelps, for example, and watched, spellbound, as we saw Tina Maze take the alpine slopes like a boss. The excitement, competition, dedication, and energy of the games is something that all of us expect.
Many of us learn the basic inceptions of the Olympics that they started in Greece almost three millennia ago. While we can thank the ancient Greeks for the outsets of an extraordinary tradition, the games these days are pretty different from those that took place anciently. Just to make our point, have a look at these Olympic facts and see if a few of them surprise you.
The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. At present, we want to see athletes from across the world in these famous competitions, but it wasn’t always through this. Actually, all competitors in the games were from Greece, and women didn’t get involved.
The motto of the games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which means, similarly, “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.”
In Ancient Greece, those competing in the games had to be everyday athletes (not the professionals of today), and all the participators competed naked. While this may sound funny to those of us living in the modern world, it’s not at all weird if one understands the concept of humanism that molded Greece’s culture and the strategies they embraced.
While the games captivate people from all around the world, more countries take part in the summer games than their winter counterpart.
Let’s speak about dates: The medal ceremony practice that we’re all so familiar with started in 1904, and the first Paralympic Games were held in 1960.
The widely known Olympic graphic, featuring five interlocking, brightly colored rings is known across the world. Each ring symbolizes one of five continents: Oceania, America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
The well-known Olympic Torch Relay, as it is observed today, started in 1936.
When the games were started again in modern times, they were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. Only 14 countries took part in the games and, as in ancient times, only men were authorized to participate.
It used to be that both the Summer and Winter Olympics occurred in the same year, compare to today’s tradition of the games alternating every two years. The only time they haven’t taken place has been during the two world wars of the last century.
While most of us watch the games from the convenience of our front rooms, there are some who are lucky enough to purchase tickets and watch the competitions live. In these and other events that pull a lot of people to a central location, a common headache that has to be dealt with is transportation.
And yeah, we know, you probably aren’t preparing the transportation concerns for upcoming Olympic Games any time soon. Transportation is what we do best, and our specialists will have the ideas and solutions you’re looking for to make the transportation side of the event a breeze!
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