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Get psyched about the Olympics! Learn about the history of the games through the sites and activities below!

The Origins of the Olympics

The Greeks loved sport and the Olympic Games were the biggest sporting event in the ancient calendar.

The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, in south west Greece. Every four years, around 50,000 people came from all over the Greek world to watch and take part. The ancient games were also a religious festival, held in honor of Zeus, the king of the gods.

Winners were given a wreath of olive leaves and a hero’s welcome back home. Athletes competed for the glory of their city and winners were seen as being touched by the gods. –

Learn more here, and take a tour of the home of the first Olympic Games.

More Great Resources About the Olympics!

Sites and Activities for PK-3

Sites and Activities for 3-5

Need Ideas For What to Read This Summer?
  • You should start by exploring this official Olympic site where you will find information on the ancient games, the Paralympic games, athletes, medals, and ceremonies!

  • You may discover a sport that you want to try and learn more about! Did you know there was once a swimming obstacle course and even an Olympic tug of war? There was even an art competition for medals at one time! Learn more here.

  • So many athletes have unbelievable stories. Have you heard of George Louis Eyser? He was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics and earned six medals in one day. Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis for a left leg, having lost his real leg in a train accident!

  • You may also be interested in how the Greeks lived in ancient times and ancient gods and goddesses!

  • Perhaps you want to get healthy? You could read up on food and cooking!

  • The possibilities are endless. Just start reading and exploring. Go for Gold!

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