The Olympic Flame signifies the values of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics.
The Olympic flame is one of the most important symbols of the Olympic Games. You can follow flame's journey from Olympia to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Along the way you can learn about Olympic history, geography, and mapping skills.
Lighting the flame has been an important part of every Olympic opening ceremony since it was first used in Berlin in 1936. The idea of keeping a flame lit throughout the Games was first used by the ancient Greeks in Olympia.
A few months before the opening of the Games, a ceremony is organized on the site of the original Games, the ancient sanctuary of Olympia. An actress dressed as a ceremonial priestess, in the robes of the ancient Greeks, lights the torch via the same technique used in the original Games.
She uses a parabolic mirror to focus light rays from the sun. The parabolic mirror has a curved shape....
What is the significance of Olympic Village?
The Olympic Flame signifies the values of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics.
The Olympics offer an international stage, even though the Olympic Charter explicitly states that 'no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas' (Charter Rule 50). But as the opening ceremonies sometimes show us, it's hard not to read a political message embedded within.
For recent examples just look at the Moscow Games (1980, boycotted by several countries because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan) and the Los Angeles Games (1984, boycotted by the USSR because the commercial character of the organisation violated the 'spirit' of the Games). Or, if you want to go further back in history, the 1936 Berlin Games, where Hitler refused...
Hosting the Olympic Games is respect each city is dreaming about and any city in the world can apply to host the Olympics.
There are two stages to the selection process:
First stage - Apply for hosting
Cities who apply prepare reports detailing their plans and capabilities to host the Olympic Games. The first stage is the application, where the cities respond to a detailed questionnaire about the master plan to host the Games, including: vision and legacy, the games concept and sports events, the Olympic Village, the center of international communications, experience in sports, environment and meterology, hospitality, transportation, healthcare, security and safety, telecommunications, energy, legal aspects, public and government support, and financing and marketing.
Second Stage -
After careful examination of the reports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) publishes which cities have demonstrated the ability to host the games. These cities are...
5 Rings Represent 5 Continents
Africa, America (North & South),
Asia, Australia , Europe
The flag features the emblem of the Olympic Games — five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red respectively) on a white field. This was originally designed in 1913 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, but gained widespread popularity due to its promotion by Nazi Germany . Upon its initial introduction, de Coubertin stated the following in the August, 1913 edition of Revue Olympique:
The emblem chosen to illustrate and represent the world Congress of 1914 ...: five intertwined rings in different colours - blue, yellow, black, green, red - are placed on the white field of the paper. These five rings represent the five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism and willing to accept healthy competition.
In his article published in the "Olympic Revue" the official magazine of the...
The first Olympic mascot was born at the Grenoble Olympic Games in 1968. It was named “Schuss” and it was a little man on skis, designed in an abstract form and painted in the colors of France: blue, red and white. However, the first official Olympic mascot appeared in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. It was Waldi, a Dachshund dog, a popular breed in Bavaria and it represented the attributes required for athletes – resistance, tenacity and agility. On it we can see three of the colors of the Olympic flag (blue, yellow, green).
The success of those first mascots helped the idea of a mascot become a symbol of the Olympic Games and developed into an institution. Mascots are very popular and despite the importance of the message they convey, they are designed in simple manner with bright, happy colors appropriate for the ‘festive’ atmosphere of the Olympic Games.
The mascots for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, were Phevos and Athena, two dolls inspired by...
When analyzing wrestling in the novel, we can look at two distinct questions. How does Things Fall Apart use wrestling as a means of exposition (to establish character)? And what significance does wrestling have for the Ibo people?
In the culture of the Ibo, the wrestling matches connect to ideas of prowess for the individual and to pride and honor for the individual and the village.
"As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat."
Across the novel, the idea is established that reputation and respect can be earned by doing anything well. Wrestling, for the village, is a special activity, however, because it involves contests against other villages. Inter-village status is at stake in the wrestling matches, weighting these events with special meaning.
Significantly, Okonkwo's greatest wrestling feat is used to introduce him in the opening passage of the novel. A very physical man, Oknokwo is closely...
The Olympic Village is a complex of accommodations used to house athletes, trainers, and officials during the games.
In early Olympic games, organizers had to rent rooms all over the host city to house athletes and trainers. This was expensive and inconvenient. In the 1924 Paris Summer games, some cabins were built near the Olympic Stadium, which they called the Olympic Village, to house some athletes.
For the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles, a full Olympic Village was constructed, housing 1,836 male athletes. (The 126 female athletes stayed at a hotel.) This first Olympic Village featured dining halls, a fire station, a hospital, a post office, a movie theater, and other amenities. This Olympic Village has served as a model for the Olympics ever since.
An article in the Los Angeles Times after the 1932 games reveals the concern some had about the Village:
"Never," was the general opinion. "You can't pen men of all nations together; men from...
By Jennifer Rosenberg
Updated January 21, 2016.
What Was the Munich Massacre?
The Munich Massacre was a terrorist attack during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of Israeli Olympic team and then took nine others hostage. The situation was ended by a huge gunfight that left five of the terrorists and all of the nine hostages dead. Following the massacre, the Israeli government organized a retaliation against Black September, called Operation Wrath of God.
Dates: September 5, 1972
Also Known As: 1972 Olympics Massacre
The XXth Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany in 1972. Tensions were high at these Olympics, because they were the first Olympic Games held in Germany since the Nazis hosted the Games in 1936. The Israeli athletes and their trainers were especially nervous; many had family members who had been murdered during the Holocaust or were themselves Holocaust...
On Wednesday afternoon Kaufman, producing not a rabbit but more of horned beast out of his hat, claimed he had been "conned" about Wembley as it was only that afternoon that he had heard for the first time that, for a successful Games bid, an athletes' village next to the Olympic stadium was required. This ruled out using Wembley as the main Olympic stadium as it would not work to have the village in east London and ferry athletes across the city. Why, thundered Kaufman, in all the reports his committee had produced, had he not heard of the importance of the village in an Olympic bid? However, he had heard this view - as a previous report of his own committee proves.
On March 14, 2001, in front of the committee - with Kaufman in the chair - Simon Clegg, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, made this abundantly clear. At that stage plans for a London bid were very much in the embryonic stage.
In addition to this the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, made...
He, the benefactor of the Athenian people, whose whole life has been spent in doing them good, should at least have theOlympic
victor's reward of maintenance in the Prytaneum.
He contemplated that beautiful nature lighted by the moon; he reviewed once more the glorious future he had longed for; he passed through towns that were stirred by his name; he heard the applauding crowds; he breathed the incense of his fame; he adored that life long dreamed of; radiant, he sprang to radiant triumphs; he raised his stature; he evoked his illusions to bid them farewell in a lastOlympic
Danglars made no reply; he was occupied in anticipations of the coming scene between himself and the baroness, whose frowning brow, like that ofOlympic
Jove, predicted a storm.
This man was very fond of Diocles, a victor in theOlympic
games, and when he left his country from a disgust at an improper passion which his mother Alithoe had entertained for...
Let the Beijing Summer Olympic Game begin! The once-reclusive China has now commandeered the world stage by celebrating its first-time role as a host of the Olympic Games. To be sure, the Beijing Games were planned and have subsequently arrived in the midst of controversy. Besides its massive investments in needed infrastructure, China was forced to deal with a catastrophic earthquake in the Sichuan province in May, from which it is still reeling, and continues to struggle against the odds to decrease Beijing's stubborn smog. In addition, China's approach to dealing with political activists, including its crackdown on uprisings in Tibet, and its economic ties to Sudan continue to fuel criticism from human rights groups (as well as from President Bush, who is the first U.S. president to attend an Olympics on foreign soil). Although an Olympic boycott is now a moot question, I suspect that the Chinese government is ambivalent about its coming-out party because of the unrivaled mix of...
With the kick-off of the Olympics this weekend, there have been dramatically varying reactions to the significance of the games and, in particular, how that relates to culture and politics in the United States.
One typical reaction to the Olympics is the blindly patriotic one. Many Americans have a tendency to view the Olympics as a stage for the United State to boast its supposed superiority. Of course, this is a very narrow way to view both the games and the place of the United States in the global community.
On the other hand, many Americans reject the games outright because they do not support many of the policies of the United States. They feel that the games promote nationalism and that to care about the Olympics is to demonstrate support for policies with which they disagree.
I fall somewhere in the middle. I enjoy the games as a demonstration of human accomplishment. As a nation, we should absolutely be proud of our athletes – not because they are...
The 1980 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), was a multi-sport event which was celebrated from February 13, through February 24, 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, United States of America. This was the second time the Upstate New York village hosted the Games, after 1932. The only other candidate city to bid for the Games was Vancouver-Garibaldi, British Columbia, Canada, which withdrew before the final vote.
The mascot of the Games was "Roni", a raccoon. The mask-like rings on a raccoon's face recall the goggles and hats worn by many athletes in winter sports.
The sports were played at the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run, the Olympic Ski Jumps, the Cascade Cross Country Ski Center, and the Lake Placid High School Speed Skating Oval.
The selection process for the 1980 Winter Olympics consisted of one bid, from...