Olympic games

History of the games

The Olympic Games were first held in ancient Greece as far back as 776 B.C. These ancient games lasted for nearly 1,000 years but stopped when Greece was invaded and conquered and became part of the Roman Empire.

The games as we know it today began again in the late 1800's, when Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France, decided to start them up again. The first of the modern games was held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

Amazing facts about the games

  • In ancient times only free males were allowed to participate in the games.
  • Females were forbidden to even see the games, the penalty for watching was death!
  • Milo, a 6th century B.C. wrestler won the wrestling crown six times.
  • The Hoplitodrome was a footrace where the participants ran in armour.
  • In A.D. 394 the then Roman emperor Theodosius 1 ordered that the games be stopped.

The Olympic Symbols

The Olympic Motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius. Which means "Swifter, Higher, stronger." 
This motto is used with the Olympic Symbol the five coloured rings. The rings are interlocked to represent the sporting friendship of people from all over the world.
At every Olympic Games opening ceremony an athlete from the host country takes the oath, 

The five colors of the rings (black, blue, yellow, green, and red) were chosen because at least one of these colours appears in the flags of every nation of the world.

The Olympic flag was first used in Antwerp in 1920, the five rings appear in the center of a white field.

The Olympic flame symbolizes the link between the ancient and modern games. By tradition the flame is carried by torch overland from Greece (except when it needs to travel over water) by a relay of athletes/people from participating countries. The games begin when the torch is used to light the flame signalling the beginning of competition.

The Athletes Oath

"In the name of all the competitors l promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams"

Australia and the Olympics

Beginning on July 27th 2012, the games of the XXX Olympiad will be in London.
    Australia :- The Official website of the Australian Olympic team. Provides information about the: Athletes; Sports; News; Beijing 2008; Education; Downloads and more.

Australia has competed in every one of the modern Olympic games since 1896. 482 athletes, the biggest team the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has ever sent overseas, will compete in 27 of the 28 sports on the Athens program.

Australia's first medal winner was in the first games when representing Australia unofficially, Edwin Flack an accountant from Melbourne, who on the first day of competition won his heat of the 800m.

London 2012

    London 2012:- The Official website of the Games of the XXX Olympiad. Contains fact sheets, athlete profiles, cultural information, and news.
    Official Mascots:- Read about Wenlock and Mandeville official Mascots of the London Summer and Paralympic Games, what they symbolize, and what they're doing now.

    The Olympic Games :-This Enchanted Learning site contains loads of information about the Olympic games. Table of contents includes: The history, The symbols, An Olympic games timeline, Printable activities, Crossword puzzles, Handouts and heaps more, a must visit site! (This page has not yet been updated to include the London 2012 games)

    I.O.C :- The Official website of the International Olympic Committee.

    Curriculum links

    Get set :- Official education section of the London 2012 site. Find resources, ideas and opportunities to help you make the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also provides a searchable database grouped according to age.

    Olympic Games :- Contains a variety of Olympic resources including digitized historical documents, primers and curriculum guides for school teachers, oral histories, and Java-based Web games for kids of all ages.

    Olympic World :- This efgProject™ is designed to bring "Life 2 Learning." It features fourteen lessons that are integrated with the skills necessary for life and work in the 21st Century. The subjects and content areas represent the way the world works. Each of the Portfolio tasks aligns with the content standards that are required in each state. When you complete these integrated lessons you will understand how the skills that you are using in school apply to real life and will be used for the rest of your life.

    Faces of the Olympics :- This project aims to develop student skills while researching the stories behind the Olympics. Students are invited to research within their own locality and find Olympic stories and share them with the world. Sources of this information could include: competitors, officials, spectators, in fact anyone who has a story to tell about their involvement with the Olympics.

    Olympics :- From abcteach a unit of work on the Olympics.
    Olympics Themed Colouring Pages :- Mainly country specific e.g. Sydney and Salt Lake City, this site contains colouring pages.

    Sports and Olympic games colouring pages :- Contains loads of printable colouring pages, covering many of the competition sports held at the games.

    English for the games :- You can practice your English as you learn about the London 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic history, learn all about Olympic and Paralympic sports, and values. Play games, watch videos, read articles, and do interactive exercises. 

    World Flags :- From Coloring Castle a series of World Flags in printable format.

    Olympics topic resources :- Numerous printable resources including: Banners, posters, word cards; torches and more.


    Summer Sports - Olympic Disciplines :- The official website of the Australian Olympic team. Has information on all sports and athletes at the games.

    Summer Sports - Olympic Disciplines :- Discover all about the sports on the programme of the Olympic Summer Games, with detailed explanations of each event, the equipment required and the techniques used. You will need the Flash 5 plug-in for the animated features.

    Sport profiles :- Provides information about 32 Olympic sports.

    General links

    Olympic Games weblinks :- Provides links to websites about the Olympic Games, arranged under the sections: Athens 2004 : 13-29 August 2004; The Olympic Games; Ancient Olympics; Winter Olympics; Australia at the Olympics; Olympians; For teachers; Commonwealth Games.

    Australian Joey Scouts - The Olympic Games  :- Although primarily a site used for the Sydney Olympic Games, this one contains craft activities, history, colouring activities (has a fantastic map of Greece), Australian Olympians, Games ideas, Links and more.

    Summer Olympics Through The Years  :- From Factmonster information about each of the modern summer Olympic games. Information provided is quite detailed although it only includes games up to 2004.

    Corey and Laura's Olympic Site :- Simple but good background information about the history of the summer and winter Olympics, the oath and creed, the Olympic motto and medals, and the story behind the Olympic rings.

    So You Want to Compete in the Olympics?: A WebQuest for Grades 3-12 :- Topics covered include, nutrition, fitness and sportsmanship.

    Which Olympic Sport is the most difficult? :- You are going to the Olympics with your family. You want to go to see one sport but your other family members all want to see different ones. Each says that his/her sport is the best and most difficult. You each have to find out more information about your favourite sport and present an argument to convince the others to view your chosen sport as it is the most difficult.

    Ancient Olympic Cyberhunt :- This page contains a ten question online scavenger hunt about the Ancient Olympics.

    Australia's Olympic Hall Of Fame :- Australia has a proud record of achievement at the Olympic Games winning many medals in a wide range of sports. How would you select our "best" after more than 100 years of competition?

    Foundation of the Hellenic World presents Olympics through time :- Working in groups, students design an Olympic Games that allows spectators and athletes to experience the ancient traditions while still meeting the requirements of a modern event. A Resources page contains links to sites about the Ancient and Modern Olympics.

    Winter Olympics

    Winter Olympics Through The Years :- From Factmonster information about each of the modern winter Olympic games. Information provided is quite detailed.

    Winter Sports - Olympic Disciplines :- Discover all about the sports on the programme of the Olympic Summer Games, with detailed explanations of each event, the equipment required and the techniques used. You will need the Flash 5 plug-in for the animated features.

    Winter Olympics :- This page from Kidcyber contains information about the beginnings of the Winter Olympic Games.

    Ancient and Modern Greece sites

    Amarandi Barrett's Greece for kids :- This site contains an online story book of life in Greece through the eyes of a young girl Amarandi Barrett. Covering everything from beaches, shopping and food this page has everything about Greece today.

    Ancient Greece: - Another fantastic site from the BBC schools section. Contains information about Ancient Greece

    Ancient Greek Olympics :- Humorous look at five ancient Greek city-states that took part in the Ancient Olympics.

    Ancient Greece - The Olympics  :- Thespis and Melinna, your Greek guides, are off to the Olympic Games. Follow them and find out just what went on there. On each page you'll be asked a question. Move your mouse around to explore what you see, and when you find the answer to each question click it! At the end you'll be asked a final question...so look out for anything unusual on the way.

    Classroom clipart - Greece :- Forty-nine pieces of free clip art for your use, including people, buildings, maps, statues and actual photographs.