London Olympic Games 2012 Olympic Games Summer and Winter Olympic

Published: 17th May 2011
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The Olympic Games are chief international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes take part in a variety of competitions.

The 2012 London Olympic Games will outset on July 27, 2012 with a fantastic Olympic Ceremony, welcoming the world's greatest Olympic athletes to London. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times having previously made so in 1908 and 1948. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

Through the Olympic in 2012 there will be many sportsperson who will fight to triumph. As different countries will be represented in Olympics 2012 so the athletes will want that they bring glory to the country.

The Olympic Movement consists of International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and organizing committees for each specific Olympic Games.

Olympic Games:


The Olympic Games had begun in Olympia at Greece in 776 BC. The games were staged in the wooded valley of Olympia in Elis. Within the 28 sports included in the Olympic Games, there are 37 disciplines.

Symbols:

Olympic symbols are used to represent the ideals embodied in the Olympic Charter. The Olympic symbols are icons, flags and symbols used by the International Olympic Committee to endorse the Olympic Games.

The Olympic symbol, better known as the Olympic rings, consists of five entangled rings and represents the unity of the five populated continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe).

Olympic Flag:

The colored version of the rings blue, yellow, black, green and red, over a white field forms the Olympic flag. These colors were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.

Olympic Motto:

A motto is an express which sums up a life philosophy or a code of conduct to follow.

The Olympic motto is "Citius Altius Fortius" which is Latin for "faster, higher, stronger." The intentional meaning is that one's focal point should be on bettering one's achievements, rather than on coming in first.

Olympic Flame and Torch:

The Olympic Flame is lit on a torch, with the rays of the Sun focused by a parabolic reflector, at the site of the Ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The torch is then taken out of Greece, most often to be taken around the country or continent where the Games are held. The modern tradition of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Greece to the Olympic venue began with the Berlin Games in 1936.
The Olympic torch is carried by athletes, leaders, celebrities and ordinary people. It is left to burn throughout the Games till the Closing Ceremony, when it is extinguished to signify the end of the Games.

Olympic Oath:

The oath was first taken by an athlete in 1920. Originally, this was mainly a declaration that all the athletes were amateurs.

The Oath is taken by one athlete and one judge from the home nation during the Opening Ceremony of every Olympics, acting on behalf of all the competitors and judges.

Olympic Anthem:

Olympic Anthem is played when the Olympic Flag is raised. It is a musical piece composed by Spyridon Samaras with words written from a poem of the Greek poet and writer Kostis Palama.

Summer Vs Winter Games:

Summer Olympics are held under the scorching heat of the sun and are also held every four years with mostly outdoor and indoor sports such as track & field, swimming, basketball and many more. The Summer Olympics is generally more popular and welcomed because of the "commonness" or popularity of the sports in it.

In 1924, at France, the first Winter Olympic Games were held. Winter Olympics, as the name suggests are held during winter and is played every four years. The games that are played are called winter sports which are held on the coldness of snow or ice. The Winter Olympics mostly include sports enjoyed in snow and ice or winter sports such as hockey, speed skating, snowboarding and many more.

Both Olympic Games have medals as awards for the winners. These medals come in gold, silver and bronze, bronze being the last of the top three standings. Started in 1904 by the International Olympic Committee, it also held the Winter Olympics following the success of the Summer Games.

So hope that the Olympics in 2012 prove a bonus to the sportspersons.


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