Feel Good Olympics blog part 2

Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Feel Good Olympics blog part 2

There’s still plenty of exciting Olympic action taking place at the moment so get behind whoever you’re supporting and enjoy the rest of the games!

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Whilst the Olympic Games are over 3000 years old, the modern Olympics as we know it, began in 1896. The man who has come to be associated with the modern Olympic games is Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee. Coubertin was an educator with a strong interest in ancient Greek history. He wanted to reintroduce the Ancient Athenian ‘gymnasium’ where young men would be trained physically and intellectually. Coubertin’s idea was radical and would have seen physical education becoming a huge aspect of formal education. In fact, the word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word gymnos meaning ‘nude’. Participants trained fully naked as tribute to the gods and to idealise the human form. Feel Good would like to point out to any exercise or history enthusiasts, that recreation of the ancient Greek methods may get you excluded from your local gym! 

The first modern Olympic Games started on April 6th 1896 and took place in Athens. 280 competitors took part, hailing from 13 countries and competing over 43 events. This was the first time that the 24.85-mile marathon event was ever run and followed the route of Ancient Greek soldier Pheidippides who delivered news of Greek military victory over the Persians in 490 BC. This was won by the Greek athlete Spyridon Louis. For those wondering why the distance wasn’t 26 miles; the 26-mile tradition comes from the London Olympics of 1908 where the British Monarchy requested the event start in Windsor so that the Royal Family could watch the beginning! This has stuck ever since. 

An often overlooked aspect of the Olympic Games, is the swearing of the Olympic oath. There are three oaths, a designated athlete, coach and judge swears it while holding a corner of the Olympic flag, on behalf of everyone else.

“In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”

At the London 2012 Olympics, the athlete’s oath was taken by Sarah Diana Stevenson, MBE. She was the Taekwondo World Champion the previous year but sadly, at London 2012 she was eliminated from the competition at an early round. Unfortunately, the sporting world of late, including Rio 2016, has been caught up in controversy surrounding drug misuse but hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come. 

There’s still plenty of exciting Olympic action taking place at the moment so get behind whoever you’re supporting and enjoy the rest of the games!

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