The Olympics: Where it All Began

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Everyone knows that the Olympics dates back thousands of years. However, a lot has changed from then to now. So today, the DFW homebuilders, Normandy Homes, are going to share a brief history of the Olympics in honor of the 2016 Olympics starting this week! 

Olympics in Ancient Greece

The first written record of the ancient Olympics was in 776 B.C., and the winner of the only event, a 192-meter footrace, was a cook named Coroebus. However, it’s believed that the Games had been going on years before this first written record. The event is named after their location at Olympia in southern Greece. They also took place at the same time every four years between August 6 and September 19 during a religious festival honoring Zeus.

The only athletes allowed to participate were freeborn male citizens of Greece. There were no women’s events, and married women were strictly prohibited from attending the Olympic Games.

Decline of the Olympic Games

After Rome conquered Greece in the mid-200 century B.C., the games continued. However, there was a strong decline in quality and standards, and soon emperors would start to compete and use their power to cheat. Then, in 393 A.D., Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, called for a ban on “pagan” festivals, which brought an end to the ancient Olympic tradition after nearly 12 centuries.

It would take 1,500 years before the Olympic Games would start up again. In 1894 Baron Pierre de Coubertin of Francefounded the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is still the governing body of the modern Olympic Games. 

The Olympic Games has always been a display of pure athleticism, and in 1896 the first modern Olympics was held in Athens, Greece. There were only 280 participants (all male) from 13 nations competing in 43 events. Now, in 2016, Rio will host over 10,500 athletes from over 200 nations competing in 306 events. Take a look at the full 2016 Rio Olympics schedule, and don’t miss any of the action! 

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