What are Olympic Games?

  • (noun): The modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country.
    Synonyms: Olympics, Olympiad
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Olympic Games

The modern Olympic Games (French: les Jeux olympiques, JO) are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, meaning they each occur every four years. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

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Rožle Prezelj - Achievements
... Budapest, Hungary 13th (q) 2.24 m Olympic Games Athens, Greece 20th (q) 2.20 m 2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 21st (q) 2.18 m Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 8th 2.18 m 2006 European ...
Sheila Sherwood
... highlights included a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, and a gold medal at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh ... She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympic Games (1964, 1968 and 1972) and had a career best distance of 6.73 metres ... finished 12th and the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia where she achieved 5th position ...
Olympic Games - Host Nations and Cities
... The host city for an Olympic Games is usually chosen seven to eight years ahead of their celebration ... host city applies to its country's National Olympic Committee if more than one city from the same country submits a proposal to its NOC, the national committee typically ... a questionnaire regarding several key criteria related to the organization of the Olympic Games ...
Robert Livingstone
... publication that specializes in reporting on host city bids for the Olympic Games, since 1998 ... Livingstone specialty is the Olympic Games' selection process and frequently comments in the media on the issues related to hosting of the Olympic Games ... He is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and the Olympic Journalists Association ...

More definitions of "Olympic Games":

  • (noun): The ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC.
    Synonyms: Olympian Games

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