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Ancient Olympic Games (06:55)


In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games are held. Three landmark events occurred during its history: Emperor Theodosius bans all pagan events, Baron Pierre de Coubertin presents the idea of reintroducing the games, and its reopening. Leonidas of Rhodes sprints in a race in 152 B.C.E. (Credits)

Memory of Humanity (04:32)

Compare amateur and professional athletes. In the mid-19th century, archeologists uncover the ancient ruins of Olympia. Coubertin realizes that sports are character-building and suggests re-launching the Olympics; Demetrius Vikelas presides over the International Olympic Committee.

Turning Point in History (05:21)

Coubertin designs the Olympic Flag. After World War I an oath is instilled to unite the athletes. Learn how the games developed over the past century.

Politicizing the Games (02:51)

Athletes promote political ideologies in Berlin, Mexico City, Moscow, Los Angles, and Munich. Jesse James Owens wins four medals at the Olympic Games in Nazi Germany.

Sports, Media, and Marketing (05:31)

The games are broadcast on television for the first time in 1936. Private corporations begin completely financing the Olympics in 1984. Professional athletes are now able to compete.

Credits: The Olympic Games (00:47)

Credits: The Olympic Games

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The Olympic Games

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The Olympic Games were held every four years in Olympia. They were Pan-Hellenic—open to all Greeks—and the events provided the opportunity to win Olympic titles (a wreath of wild laurel) and immense prestige. After the Roman conquest, the Games are opened to foreigners and enjoy huge success. But in the 4th century, Archbishop Ambrose of Milan considers them to be pagan and has them banned. For more than 1,300 years, the Games vanish from History, and Olympia gradually falls into oblivion. Everything suddenly changes when the ruins of Olympia are rediscovered. Major digs on the ancient sporting site begin in 1875 and once again put the Olympic Games in the world’s spotlight. The first modern version of the Olympic Games is held in Athens in 1896 and is a triumph. The Olympic Games take on new life and henceforth allow the participation of all people, irrespective of their sex or race. Today, the Olympic Games are the most-watched sporting event in the world.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL145614

ISBN: 978-1-64198-881-0

Copyright date: ©2017

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