The Rio Olympics 2016
Will and Guy present their humour for the 2016 Olympics to be held Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Latest News on Rio 2016
Usain Bolt could opt for long jump at the Rio Olympics; Will would like him to attempt the 400m.
The Jamaican sprinter says he will definitely be competing at Rio 2016. Usain, six-times gold medallist, is keen to try out new events; a good idea Guy says.
XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5th August to 21st August 2016. See the official Rio 2016 olympic site.
In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which translates as: Swifter, Higher, Stronger.
The ancient Olympic Games as with the modern Olympic Games are quadrennial events, meaning they are celebrated every four years. This four year time-span is known as an Olympiad. Unfortunately, this calendar was not used by every Greek city-state; indeed, there was no common dating system in the ancient era because the Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans used different calendars. However, as they were conquered by the Romans, so they imposed the Julian calendar, named after Julius Caesar; thus giving the world a common time base.
The Olympic Oath
Pierre de Coubertin wrote an oath for the athletes to recite at each Olympic Games. During the opening ceremonies, one athlete recites the oath on behalf of all the athletes. The Olympic oath was first taken during the 1920 Olympic Games by Belgian fencer Victor Boin. The Olympic Oath states, "In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams."
The Olympic Creed
Pierre de Coubertin got the idea for this phrase from a speech given by Bishop Ethelbert Talbot at a service for Olympic champions during the 1908 Olympic Games. The Olympic Creed reads, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The Olympic flame is a practice continued from the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia [Greece], a flame was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games. The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The flame itself represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavour for perfection.
In 1936, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Olympic Games, Carl Diem, suggested what is now the modern Olympic Torch relay. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic Torch is then passed from runner to runner from the ancient site of Olympia to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city. The flame is then kept alight until the Games have concluded. The Olympic Torch relay represents a continuation from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympics.
Pelops, a prince from Lydia sought the hand of the daughter of King Oinomaos of Pisa, namely Hippodamia. Oinomaos had declared that his daughter's suitors should compete with him in a chariot race; winning it he gets Hippodamia as his wife; but on losing it, he would be beheaded.
Pelops with his charioteer Myrtilos secretly replaced the bronze linchpins of the King's chariot with wax linchpins. During the race, the wax melted and Oinomaos was thrown from his chariot and died. Pelops and Hippodamia got married and Pelops celebrated his victory with the Olympic Games.
According to another myth, poet Pindar, in his Olympian Ode, tells the tale of how King Augeas of Elis reneged on his promise to reward Herakles for cleaning his stables. Herakles attacked and sacked Elis and started the Olympic Games in honour of his father Zeus.
The Olympic Hymn
The Olympic Hymn, played when the Olympic Flag is raised, was
composed by Spyros Samaras and the words added by Kostis Palamas. The
Olympic Hymn was first played at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens but
wasn't declared the official hymn by the IOC [International Olympic
Committee] until 1957.
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