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Why is the Olympic Games so important?

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The Olympic Games unite nations throughout the world and show different countries the human side of nations of which they are unfamiliar. While the Olympic Games are about competition and winning, they are also about learning about other cultures and the similarities between all cultures.

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Why is the Olympic Games so important?
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The modern Olympics started in 1896 in Athens. This event included 241 athletes, 14 nations and 43 events in the Panathenaic Stadium. The number of events in the summer Olympics continues to grow, but the five core events include athletics, fencing, swimming, cycling and gymnastics. The number of countries and athletes also continues to grow with 204 countries participating in the 2008 Olympics and more than 10,000 athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

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