The Ancient Olympic Games: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Ancient Greek Olympics.

  • The first ancient Olympic Games was held in 776 BC on the plains of Olympia (in the Peloponnese – a peninsula in southern Greece).
  • The games were held in honour of the Ancient Greek gods.

  • Although the ancient Olympic Games were linked to religion (particularly the worship of Zeus), they also helped to build relationships between the different cities of Ancient Greece.
  • The winners of the events in the ancient Olympics were treated like heroes. As soon as the event was finished, the winner be given a palm branch and the crowd would throw flowers to him. Red ribbons were also tied to his hands. An official ceremony for the winners was held at the end of the Games in the temple of Zeus. An olive tree wreath (called a kotinos) was used to crown the Olympic winners.
  • In Greek mythology, the great hero, Herakles, was responsible for staging the first games.
  • The ancient Olympic Games started out as a one-day event. By the 5th century BC, the Games lasted five days.
  • Several events were included in the ancient Olympic Games, such as: Pentathlon (running, jumping, discus, wrestling and boxing), Pankration (a form of early martial arts which took inspiration from both wrestling and boxing), horse racing and chariot racing and shot put.
  • All free male Greeks could take part in the Games. Women were not allowed to compete, and married women weren’t even allowed to watch. Kyniska of Sparta broke this rule when she won a chariot race in 396 BC. The laurel wreath of victory was awarded to the owner of the horses (a man), though, and not Kyniska herself.
  • The ancient Olympic Games were banned by Emperor Theodosius in 393 AD. He thought they were nothing more than a ‘pagan cult’.
  • In the long jump event – which probably didn’t involve a run-up – athletes held weights called medias to help them to stabilize the body. These were swung to build momentum.

Andy Murray Facts

Here are some facts about Andy Murray, the British number one tennis player.

  • Andy Murray was born on 15th May 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • He is 6 ft 3 inches in height.
  • Andy’s brother, Jamie Murray, is a professional tennis player, too. He plays doubles and won the 2007 mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Jelena Jankovic.

  • Murray attended Dunblane Primary School, and he was in school on the day that Thomas Hamilton shot 17 people during the Dunblane Massacre. Andy hid in a classroom, but said he was too young to really know what went on.
  • He is a really good footballer. Andy turned down a chance to attend the Rangers Football Club School of Excellence because he wanted to concentrate on his tennis.
  • Andy moved to Spain and trained on the clay courts of Barcelona.
  • Murray is the youngest person ever to represent Britain in the Davis Cup.
  • He turned professional in 2005.
  • Murray won the Olympic singles gold medal at London 2012, beating Roger Federer in the final.
  • Murray won the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936.
  • He is right-handed and uses a double-handed backhand.
  • His middle name is Barron.
  • Murray has won over 20 titles and made over $25 million in prize money.
  • Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, is a tennis coach and she has captained the British Fed Cup team.
  • In 2013, Andy became the first British player to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon since Fred Perry’s victory in 1936. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-4).
  • In 2016, Andy won his second Wimbledon title.

Usain Bolt Facts: Interesting Information About the Fastest Man in the World

Here are some facts about Usain Bolt, the incredible sprinter from Jamaica.

  • Usain Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica on 21st August 1986.
  • He is 6 ft 5 inches in height – very tall for a sprinter.

  • When he was a young, Usain spent his time playing and thinking about sport. He loved playing football and cricket.
  • At high school, he started to get into athletics and in 2001 he got the 200m silver medal in the Jamaican high school championships.
  • At the age of 15, Bolt was the sam height he is now (6′ 5″).
  • Bolt won many medals as a junior athlete, including 4 golds at the 2003 CARIFTA Games.
  • Usain Bolt turned professional in 2004.
  • He was eliminated in the first round of the 200m event in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – he had a leg injury.
  • In the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Bolt qualified for the final, but finished last.
  • In the 2007 World Championships in Osaka (Japan), Usain won a silver medal in the 200m.
  • Usain Bolt took that 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing by storm. He won the 100m in a record time of 9.69 seconds, and he won the 200m in a record time of 19.30 seconds. Along with his Jamaican teammates, Bolt also won gold in the 4x 100m relay.
  • At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Bolt improved on his 100m world-record, winning the event in a time of 9.58 seconds. He also won the 200m in a new world-record time of 19.19 seconds.
  • In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Bolt won the 100m with an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. He also won gold in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
  • Bolt enjoys dancing, DJing and he still plays cricket.
  • He has said he would like to play cricket in the Big Bash League (Australia’s Twenty20 league) and he has also said he wants to play football for Manchester United after he retires from athletics.
  • He is nicknamed Lightning Bolt.
  • Bolt can run at a speed of about 23.7 mph.
  • He has his own iPhone app called Bolt!
  • He owns his own restaurant / sports bar called Tracks & Records.

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