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  Weekly Feature (August 14, 2004)

The Olympic Games: Athens 2004


The summer Olympic Games are taking place in Athens from August 13 to August 29. Athletes from around the world are competing in this exciting event. From Canada, 266 competitors are involved: 134 women and 132 men. For the past 100 years, Canada has sent athletes to compete in the summer Olympic Games.

The Ancient Olympic Games

The ancient Olympic Games took place over 3000 years ago. At this time, the Greeks honoured their gods by competing in events that would show the people’s athletic abilities. These events were a type of religious festival. In 393 A.D., the Roman Emperor stopped the games for religious and political reasons.

The Modern Olympic Games

In 1894, the French Baron Pierre de Coubertin organized the International Olympic Committee. His goal was to celebrate the hope for peace and a shared love of competition among nations. He believed that sport could unite countries. In 1896, Athens was chosen as the host of the first Modern Olympics. The competitions, however, were simple and very different from today’s Olympics. In 1896, there were neither female nor Canadian competitors, and only 258 athletes competed. Except for the years during World War One and Two, the Modern Summer Games have been held every 4 years.

Check the following Websites to find out more about the Summer Olympic Games that are taking place now:

CBC Olympics Site

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has an excellent Website that provides interesting information from a Canadian point of view. Some of the features include event schedules, results of medals by country, a list of sports, biographies of competitors, and history of the Olympics.

Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic Committee organizes Canada’s participation in the Olympic Games.

Athens 2004

The official Website of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games provides complete coverage of the Olympics.

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