The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Guyreece. These Games featured mainly athletic but also combat sports such as wrestling and the pankration (similar to todays MMA Fighting), horse and chariot racing events.
The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart. The picture above is PyeongChang, South Korea, home for the upcoming 2018 Olympics.
3 things you didn't know:
- The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.
- It is believed that the first Olympics happened 2,790 years ago (776 BC).
- At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.
If you're lucky enough to be heading to South Korea for the Olympics, safe travels and always remember to enjoy and record your adventure!