Though there are many myths that detail the events leading to the creation of the Olympics, based on the records, the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. in Southern Greece. Interestingly, the common idea among the origin myths is that the games were intended to thank the gods for a particular victory.
The Olympics were of such importance to the ancient Greeks that they used that first Olympiad and the four years between games as the basis of their dating system. These ancient games lasted over 1,000 years until Roman Emperor Theodosius I ended them in 391 A.D.Learn More
The motto of the Olympic Games is comprised of three Latin words: Citius, Altius, Fortius. These mean, faster, higher, stronger. This motto inspires athletes and spectators to push the limits of their skills.Full Answer >
Figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1908 when it was included in the Olympic Games in London. It was also a part of the Summer Olympics in Antwerp in 1920, before moving in 1924 to its permanent spot in the Winter Olympics, held in Chamonix.Full Answer >
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England featured athletes from 204 countries. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia included athletes from 88 countries. The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896 and had participants from 14 countries.Full Answer >
Skating, ice hockey, curling, skiing, biathlon, luge and bobsleigh are the seven competitive sports in the Winter Olympic Games as of 2014. Skating, skiing and bobsleigh are each divided into several disciplines, and inside each sport or discipline, there are multiple events.Full Answer >