2016 Summer Olympics
- The modern Olympic Games were revived in 1859 by a Greek-Romanian man named Evangelis Zappas and were held in Athens.
- The International Olympic Committee was created in 1890.
- The 1896 Olympics hosted 14 nations, 241 athletes and 43 different events.
- The first event of the Olympics is the Opening Ceremony. The ceremony begins with the host country's flag and national anthem followed by a performance that represents the host country's culture. Athletes, grouped by their country walk in a parade and the torch is passed between athletes to light the Olympic cauldron.
- The final event of the Olympics is called the closing ceremony. All the flags of all the
- The five colorful rings represent the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe). They are linked together to show unity. The color of the rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red because every country has at least one of these colors in its national flag.
- The Olympics have a Motto and Creed. The motto is in Latin, "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "faster, higher, stronger." The creed says, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
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