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The Magic and Tradition of the Olympic Games 

By Ashton Wiklund
March 4, 2012

 

   Every two years the world gathers together to watch top athletes compete in the Olympic Games. Over 200 different nations participate, sending their athletes to compete as teams or individuals in a wide variety of sports in either the Summer or Winter games. The Olympics first originated in Olympia, Greece where the most popular sports included chariot racing and gladiator fights. Although the Olympics has held onto much of its traditions, there has been many transitional changes to the Games. The Olympics continues to include new sports into the competition such as downhill ski cross and reining, allowing more athletes and countries to participate. The Olympics also continues to hold new events beyond the traditional Summer Games to include the Winter Games, Paralympic Games, and Youth Games.  With its history, popularity and progress there is no other sporting event that can match Olympics.

 

The Olympics may be centered around sports, but it is the national spirit and pride that makes it such a unique event. The Games brings together people, nations and cultures to celebrate the accomplishments of its athletes and their path to success. I had the opportunity to attend the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and can attest that it was a truly inspiring experience. The level of support and pride in the athletes was tremendous, and regardless of your citizenship you became caught up in the Olympic spirit. I went to two different events, men’s hockey and women’s curling. I watched the Swiss and Belarus hockey teams battled it out for the win, ending with an intense shoot out. Although I wasn’t routing for my own nation I still felt the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd cheering on their favourites. The whole city came alive as people were out celebrating the victories and taking in the sights and sounds of the Olympic Games.


The Olympic Games brings together the most talented, driven and accomplished athletes to compete for the ultimate title, Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. These athletes train their whole lives for the opportunity to compete in the Olympics and perform in front of the world. The Olympics gives these athletes the chance to share their experiences and challenges on the road to the Games. The Games also helps raises national awareness and funds to ensure that these athletes receive the training and support they need to continue to succeed.

 

2012 will be yet another year for the Olympics, held in London this coming summer. Some of the favourite events of the Summer Games include swimming, gymnastics, and running. London 2012 will bring together tradition and new trends for both the viewers and the visitors. As the host nation, the United Kingdom will welcome thousands of tourists, athletes and supporters into its country showing off the best their city has to offer. They have built new venues, attractions, and accommodations to entertain the visitors and make the experience exceptional. This year’s mascots are Wenlock and Mandeville, two one-eyed characters full of Olympic spirit. Along with these characters, the Olympic Committee in London has been stirring up Olympic excitement for the Games that will start July 27th and be celebrated all over the world.