The Olympia track measured 200 meters, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The 200-meter stade race event took place on this track, as competitors would race on foot from one end to the other.
The ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 B.C. and were originally a one-day event. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration wrestling and equestrian events. Running contests included the stade race, the diaulos and the dolichos. The diaulos was a foot race measuring 400 meters, or two stades. The dolichos ranged between 7 and 24 stades.Learn More
There are seven different sports in the Winter Olympics. These sports include skating, skiing, luge, bobsled, biathlon, curling and ice hockey. The different sports are divided into 15 different disciplines and each discipline is further divided into events. A total of 98 events were played at the 2014 Winter Games.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the total number of National Olympic Committees (NOC) who have fielded athletes in the most recent games have been 204 in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and 84 in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Three additional nations qualified for the Sochi Games but chose not to participate.Full Answer >
At the 2014 Winter Olympic games, more than 2,800 athletes from 88 different countries participated. At the 2012 Summer Games, athletes from 204 countries were represented.Full Answer >
The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, while the ancient Olympic Games were played between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles, according to legend. The games were abolished by Roman emperor, Theodosius I, due to perceived Pagan influences.Full Answer >