By: Kerriann Quinn

History of the Olympic Games
Attending the Olympic Games has been a goal for athletes from around the world. The international tradition is a way for countries to showcase their most talented competitors and set out for the ultimate prize, winning the gold. The Olympic ceremony has many traditions such as, the opening torch relay and the flying of the Olympic flag. Contestants train their whole lives to be an Olympic champion. Each participant's mission is to walk away at the end of the games with a gold, silver or bronze medal. The victorious winner from each event will go down in history as the best in the world.
Ancient Olympics
The Olympic Games is an international sports competition that originated in ancient Greece. The tournament dates back to 776 BC but many historians believe that it has been an ancient Greek tradition long before then. The early games were held at Mount Olympia on the eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Competitors did not only participate in the games to showcase their strength and masculinity but also to honor the Greek god Zeus, the most powerful god in the Greek religion. Contrary to today’s modern Olympics, the ancient Olympics only had one event, a race on foot of about 183 m (200 yd). The first recorded winner of the early games was a cook named Coroebus of Elis. His prize as the victorious competitor of the 200 yd dash was an olive branch. According to the records a longer race was added every four years when the next event took place. Things began to changes in the 18th Olympiad when Sparta joined in on the competitions. Wrestling, jumping, and spear throwing became part of the Olympic festival. The games continued to grow and on the 23rd Olympiad boxing was added. Soon after chariot racing became a popular event and the Olympics was extended over a five day event. The popularity of the chariot event and the involvement of the royalty in the games caused competitors to forget the values of the Olympics. Winners started to crave the glorification and soon they were being honored as if they were gods. By 394 AD the games were ended by Theodosius I, a roman emperor who believed that the games had pagan connections. The first modern Olympics began in the summer of 1896 and was held in Athens, Greece. The games attracted 241 participants from 14 different nations. The Olympic games has grown tremendously since the first festival in 776 BC. today mostly all nations send athletes around the world to represent their nation and bring home the prize.
The Olympic rings were designed in1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
The Olympic rings were designed in1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

History of the Torch Relay