4) What do you know about The Olympic Games
The Olympic games is an international athletic competition that is held every 4 years at a different site. The Olympic games is a modified revival of the Olympian games and were inaugurated in the spring 1896, largely through the effort of the French sportsman and educator Baron Pierre de Courbertin.
This competition evolved into the Summer Olympics. The Winter Olympics were begun in 1924 and have been held ever since in the same year as the Summer Olympics; however in 1994 the winter games started to alternate with the summer games. The Olympic games are divided into he winter part and the summer part, which alternate once every two years.
There are also Paralympic Games where people with physical disabilities can compete. One of the most important things was founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC drafted policy and selected as the site of the first Olympic games. In theory, athletes of all nations are eligible to participate. The IOC maintains headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) and currently recognizes 186 national Olympic committees. The site of the games is chosen, usually 6 years in advance, by IOC.
An elaborate ceremony traditionally opens the Olympic games. The athletes parade into stadium, led by the Greek team, in honor of the founding of the Olympic games, with the host nation marching in last. The Olympic Hymn is then played and the official Olympic flag (5 interlocking rings on a white background) is raised. A runner then enters the stadium bearing the Olympic torch, initially lit by rays of the sun at Olympia, and carried to the present site by a relay of runners. The ceremony closes with the release of doves, symbolizing the spirit of the games. During the games, medal ceremonies are held to honor the medal winners in each event.
The first-, second-, third-place finishers stand on a podium and receive gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. Flags from the athletes` countries are raised and the national anthem of the country of the gold medalist is played. An elaborate closing ceremony ends the games.
The present Olympic games are commercialized . The famous companies sponsor the best players. They make themselves famous via sport. They usually have the biggest advertisement on the stadium