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Ceremonies, Symbols, and Traditions of the Ancient and Modern Olympics
Modern Olympics
Ancient Olympics
Ancient Olympic Ceremonies
Ancient Olympic Symbols and Traditions
Father of Modern Olympics
Modern Olympics
Modern Olympic Ceremonies
Modern Olympic Symbols and Traditions
Olympic Extras!

The Modern Olympics is a global sports competition, and like Coubertin wanted, it is a jubilant unification of nations worldwide. It is held every two years at a different site, alternating between summer and winter Olympic Games. The Modern Olympics give a chance to athletes around the world to compete against each other in an array or numerous sports.


The modern Olympic Games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896, two years after Pierre de Coubertin proposed to revive the ancient Greek Olympic Games. At the time of the 1896 Olympic Games, there were only summer events and only included 300 athletes from only 15 countries, who were competing in 43 events in nine different sports. 100 years after the Olympic Games were revived, there were more than 10,000 athletes from more than 190 countries, who were competing in 271 events in 29 different sports, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

2004 Summer Olympic's Emblem
It features an olive branch, which is in dedication to the ancient Greek Olympics.

2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
An Australian athlete, Cathy Freeman, lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.

Due to modern technology, the modern Olympic Games have gained more worldwide publicity than ever! Astonishingly, television rights to the Olympics can be sold for hundreds of millions of dollars or even more!


One major problem at the Olympics is the use of performance-enhancing drugs, which is speedily become more popular. These drugs are banned, but still are resorted to by Athletes who feel the need to take them in order to compete at the Olympic level.  Ever since the increasing use of the drugs at the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee created a committee whose only job and responsibility is to detect and punish the athletes who relied on the banned drugs. Numerous Olympic athletes have been caught and had their Olympic eligibility suspended. Despite the consequences, many Olympic athletes have continued to use the banned drugs. After testing positive for a restricted drug,

three Russians skiers were disqualified from the Olympics, and two were stripped of their medals at the Winter Games in 2002.


"Yes, doping equals death...And then death of the spirit and intellect by the acceptance of cheating by disguising one's potential, in recognizing one's inadequacy or unwillingness to be satisfied with oneself or transcend one's limit's. And finally moral death, by placing oneself de facto outside the rule of conduct demanded by any human society."

- Former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch