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					                             History
     The Ancient Greek Games              The Modern Olympics
•   First recorded Olympic Games     • Started again in the 19th Century
    took place in 776 BC in the        (1896) by a Frenchman named
    town of Olympia.                   Pierre de Coubertin.
•   Running Races was the only       • He believed it could contribute to
                                       world peace and international
    sport, but gradually other
                                       friendship.
    events were added.
                                     • First modern games held in 1896
•   Stopped by a Roman Emperor         in the town of Athens
    in 393 AD                        • 1912 women were first allowed
•   Were established as a way for      to compete
    the ancient Greeks to salute     • Beginning in 1924 a Winter
    their gods.                        Olympics was included.
•   The original Olympics featured   • Because of the increasing size of
    competition in music, oratory,     both Olympics, the Winter Games
    and theater performances as        were shifted to a different
    well.                              schedule after 1992.
The Olympic Symbol
         • Five rings symbolize the
           populated continents:
           Europe, Asia, Africa,
           Australia, North America,
           and South America
         • It is believed that the colors
           of the rings – blue, black,
           and red on top, yellow and
           green on the bottom –
           where chosen because at
           least one of them can be
           found in the flag of every
           country in the world.
         • The linked rings symbolize
           the coming together of all
           the people.
      Different Types of Games
                          • Olympics Summer
                            Games
                          • Paralympics Summer
                            Games


• Olympics Winter Games
• Paralympics Winter
  Games
    Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
•   Began on October 22, 2009 with a traditional ritual lighting ceremony in Olympia,
    Greece (home of the Olympic Flame)
•   Will then travel by land, air, and water during a 106 – day journey as it visits more
    than 1,000 communities in Canada.
•   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p7PeKPxRHA

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in brief:
• Over 100 days in length.
• Over 1,000 communities and places of interest where torchbearers will carry the
   Olympic Flame.
• Nearly 200 celebrations hosted by communities in every province and territory.
• Approximately 90 per cent of Canada’s population will be within a one-hour drive
   of experiencing the Olympic Flame.
• Over 45,000 kilometers will be travelled.
• Extensive tour of the North including a planned visit to Alert, Nunavut, the
   northernmost permanently inhabited community in the world.
• 12,000 people will have the honor of being an Olympic Torchbearer and will help
   carry the flame to Vancouver, a majority of whom will be selected through public
   programs.
 Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
View interactive map.
http://www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-
  information/olympic-torch-relay/olympic-
  torch-relay-interactive-map/
          Theme of the
2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter
              Games




      With Glowing Hearts
   Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games

   * Number of Olympic
   athletes and officials:
   5,500
   * Countries participating in
   Olympic Winter Games:
   80+
     Vancouver 2010
Paralympics Winter Games
            • Number of Paralympic
              athletes and officials:
              1,350
            • Countries participating
              in Paralympic Winter
              Games: 40+
                      Hosting Country – Canada
                                   •   Second largest country in the world
                                       (Russian Federation is the largest)
                                   •   Ten provinces and three territories
• Canada is on the continent of        (capital cities are in brackets).
  North America                         – Provinces : Alberta (Edmonton),
• The country stretches from the           British Columbia (Victoria),
  Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific            Manitoba (Winnipeg), New
  Ocean.                                   Brunswick (Fredericton),
                                           Newfoundland and Labrador(St.
• The Arctic Ocean is north and
  the United States is south.              John's), Nova Scotia (Halifax),
                                           Ontario (Toronto), Prince Edward
• Canada is north of the 49th              Island (Charlottetown), Quebec
  parallel of latitude.                    (Quebec City), Saskatchewan
• The 49th parallel was chosen             (Regina)
  as a border from the Great
  Lakes to the west coast.              – Territories : Yukon (Whitehorse),
                                          Nunavut (Iqaluit), Northwest
                                          Territories (Yellowknife),

				
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