According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC, that is approximately 3000 years ago. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until the Christian Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such “pagan cults” be banned.
On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor. The coming Olympic Games 2016 in Brazil will be the 31st modern games, the previous games was held at London 2012. As for Olympic medal counts, can China top the gold medal chart? They are not too far off from USA in London Olympic 2012, we shall know soon in the coming Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil.
You can watch the olympic 2016 live on NBC’s website with schedules, if you live outside USA, a VPN might enables you to watch it live. Here are 31 motivational memorable quotes by athletics on the spirit of sportsmanship, olympic, sports, competition and success.
Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something it’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. – Mary Lou Retton [ Gymnastic ]
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an aweful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. – Jesse Owens [ Track and Field ]
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine [ Middle and Long-distance Runner ]
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