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The Olympics are officially beginning today, and there’s so much to take in that it’s mind-boggling! After all, the games are going to be held in London, and there’s no doubt that they will be the most competitive yet! We’ve seen tons of major developments (such as Shawn Johnson retiring and backing out of Olympic competition), and the world is obsessed with running, jumping, swimming, and all sorts of other athletic events. Let’s take a look at some Olympic news, history, and other interesting facts.
The Olympic games are much older than other worldly traditions – try over one thousand years old! To get you started, here’s a little tidbit about the history of the games from About.com:
“According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. Yet the first Olympic Games for which we still have written records were held in 776 BCE (though it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years already). 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). This made Coroebus the very first Olympic champion in history.”
The games have gone through periods of decline and revival in the many years since their beginning, but there is no doubt that they are here to stay now. People who have no interest in becoming or watching sports or athletics keep up with the games, and while the competitions are going on, they’ll be all over the news, television, and social media sites.
There is currently a lot of speculation over one important point concerning the Games: Who’s going to light the torch? The Olympic torch is iconic; a symbol of the games and of the Olympics in general. The lighting of the torch at the Opening Ceremony is always widely televised and is a vital part of the opening of the games. Once the torch is lit, it isn’t allowed to go out and is carried along a route to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies.
For a more in-depth look at the torch, check this out.
When the torch enters the capitol, there will be 982 torchbearers to help it along the path. Many more will come out to see the event, as they have been doing for years. If you want to learn more about the speculation over who will light the torch, click here.
With the games on the brain, sports related-news has been popping up all over the web and on T.V. Yahoo’s been featuring an article about a viral video featuring the very popular Michelle Jenneke doing a cute little pre-race dance, only to soar to victory over the 100m hurdle track.
To see the original video, go here.
Be prepared for more coverage as the games go on!