Friday, December 11, 2009
The Olympic Games and a brief history Bizarre
The Olympic Games and a brief history Bizarre It 'easy to get into the excitement of the Olympic Games today. With so much drama, so much romance, so much pizzazz, it is difficult to imagine that this show all over the world is something less than perfect. But you do not have to dig too deeply to discover a humble and often specific origin. In truth, has many decades of Hollywood magic to the polished sports event we take for granted today accept. According to Roman legend, the original Olympic Games was founded by none other than Heracles, the son of Zeus super-man, no doubt, as an opportunity to demonstrate how the power of God against women. Alteatively, the legend tells the story of Pelops, a greek hospitality, and the father of the Olympics. In a desperate attempt to win the hand of his bride, Hippodamia, Pelops issue of his father, king of Pisa in a chariot race. To get the edge, Pelops replaced the king with a rotation of the wax, which melted during the race, throwing the king from his car and kill him. To win the race, the girl, and the entire empire, Pelops declared the first Olympic Games - to always transmit the qualities of fraud and deceit on the games. The Olympic Games of antiquity was the version of celebrity appearances, including Homer, Socrates, Aristotle and Hippocrates. Even Plato, in play and not one, but has won two gold medals in the event Pankration India. The original "games" really only a game takes 192-meter dash known as the "Stade" - which was very naked (again with an excuse to Heracles Strut your stuff). In fact, the word "gymnasium" comes from the greek "gymnos", which literally means "school for naked exercise". Subsequently added to the Olympics, boxing, jumping, throwing discus and javelin, like the clothes. The surprising exception to this events list is the marathon race. This famous run, including the torch, were never part of the ancient Olympic Games, and were not added to the site until about 1500 years later. The ancient games lasted nearly 1200 years, at least since 776 BC. Until 393 AD when the Roman Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the games because he felt were pagan and evil. And so the Olympic Games slept for over a thousand years, until 1892, when a young Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin proposed the idea at a meeting of the Union des Sports in Paris Athletiques. His step failed miserably. But the optimist, Pierre tried again two years later, this time before a meeting of 79 representatives from 9 countries. Delegates unanimously in favor of revitalization, and so, in 1896 in the city of Athens, the Olympics were rebo. 1896 was a disaster Games. Since the games were poorly known, have never needed inteational support. Participants were not accompanied by their respective countries, and in fact had to travel to Greece at their own expense. Some of the attendees were tourists who were just on holiday in Greece. Due to poor planning, the games in 1896, very cold when it comes solely to "summer" events. In his first book on the wall, a 100 years of Olympic swimming, Kelly Gonsalves describes the first swimming event: "Not only did they battle 12-foot waves, but the time in Greece unusually cold and the water was cold 55 degrees Fahrenheit . "The book is based on the story of Gaer Williams, an American swimmer who, despite spending a fortune to train and race in the Olympics, jumped out of the water after a few minutes into the race yelling" I'm freezing ". Other athletes also had difficult experiences at the Olympics. After the trip on foot from Rome to Athens, a month of travel, the Italian athlete Carlo Airoldi was banned from the Games because he was a professional. From "The Olympics describes the strangest moments, Dorando Pietri was denied his marathon gold as an excess of anxiety official helped him cross the finish line. The Olympic Games are usually thought of as an event of world unity, even if the story would have something to say. The official Olympic flag, which in 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin, is composed of five interlinked rings, which symbolize the five major continents of the world, from Africa completely off the map. 1936 brought the first game of the war, Germany, the opportunity to show the superiority of "Aryan" race, or so he thought Adolf Hitler, the very games. Of course, many will remember, Jesse Owens, the African American runner who proudly taught the Germans a thing or two. The victory of Luxemburgers Josef Barthel in 1952 was an embarrassed silence. Because nobody expects Luxembourg athlete to win the orchestra at the medals ceremony Luxenbourg without result was the national anthem. Over the years, several attempts have been made for the Olympic Games. Both boats motor racing, cycling and Polo were introduced, and then the game. Hollywood was literally brought some pizzazz in the 1960 Winter Games. Walt Disney was head of the organizing committee over opening ceremonies, including special effects, the statues of ice, and the release of 2,000 white doves. Scams, politics, wins and breaky heart: these words apply equally well to the mode Olympic Games in antiquity. If the Olympics have taught us what it is that society never changes, even after thousands of years. If Pelops could visit our games today, while they may be impressed with our bright fireworks and Hollywood illusions, I think that would feel perfectly at home with the real game to see: human nature.