A family in North Carolina started their own “Quarantine Olympics” to pass the time while they’re at home. How did the Olympic start? At this Olympic Games, a naked runner, Coroebus (a cook from Elis), won the sole event at the Olympics, the stade - a run of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). History of Olympics: 1896 Athens Games and Pierre de Coubertin. In 1829, German archaeologists began uncovering Olympia.
203 countries will be sending their athletes to participate in the Beijing Olympic 2008. Although those are also the dates of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, soccer and softball will begin competition on July 22. In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in front of 60,000 spectators. The first known Olympics were held in the summer of 776 B.C. Origins of the Olympic Winter Games, The first organized international competition involving winter sports was introduced just five years after the birth of the modern Olympics in 1896. The once-great city was eventually buried. Lighting the Olympic Flame by: A symbolic fire at an Olympic Summer Games was first lit in 1928 in Amsterdam. There is a very interesting story about how Olympics started.

Olympic Oath by: The athletes’ oath was first sworn at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. at Olympia, a site in southern Greece where people went to worship their gods.

This made Coroebus the very first Olympic champion in history. From taking advantage of the Olympic truce to hearing the latest works from the famous historian Herodotus and enjoying a giant, 24-hour BBQ, it is easy to see why the Games were a key date in the diary for Greeks everywhere. But the origin of it came from Greece. 280 male participants from 13 nations entered and competed in 43 events. He was given 12 tasks to complete as punishment by the Greek God Hera. The 2020 Summer Olympics begin July 24 and end August 9. Official Oath by: The officials' oath at an Olympic Summer Games was first sworn in 1972 in Munich.

In fact, the Olympics were created in honor of ancient Greece’s most famous god: Zeus, king of the gods.Athletes prayed to Zeus for victory and left gifts to thank him for their successes. The modern Olympic Games, which started with merely fourteen nations participating in the sporting event now has over 200 nations across the globe as participants of the modern Olympic Games.

Earthquakes later helped finish what human hands had started, as well as flooding caused by a change in the course of the river that flowed through Olympia. About 3000 yrs ago, in Olympia in Ancient Greece, there lived a strong and powerful man named Hercules. Today, the site of the ancient Olympic Games is only a shadow of its former glory.

The Olympics came from the Greek, who started it as an annual tournament which then got spread to the whole world and Olympics started. At the first modern Olympic Games, one event held meaning above all others for the Greeks: the marathon. Ancient Olympic Games expert Paul Christesen reveals what life would have been like for the spectators at Olympia. Founded by Pierre de Coubertin, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896 with 311 athletes from 13 countries. Find out why they were an important sporting and religious event for the ancient Greeks in this BBC Bitesize KS2 History guide.