What are the Olympics?


The Olympics is a universal event where athletes from all around the world play against each other in different sports events. There are two different types of Olympics, the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. Olympic games, as a whole, are held every two years with the Summer and Winter Games alternating.

The Olympic Games are welcome and open to most of countries. Some of the most popular leading countries for overall medals are the USA, Russia, and Germany. Every time the Olympics are held, a different participating country holds it. The Olympics starts with the rise of the host country’s flag and their national anthem. No matter if it’s the Summer or Winter Events, it is traditional to have opening and closing ceremonies. First at the opening ceremony, there are performances and a few are connected to the culture of the host country. Then comes the “Parade of Nations.” The opening ceremony is my personal favorite to watch in the Olympics. Most athletes march with their countries’ into the stadium where the ceremony is taken place. Speeches are made, and the leader of the country officially calls the Olympics open. Then a torch is passed from athlete to athlete, and finally is used to light a cauldron in the stadium. The Olympics are now officially open.

The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years. The latest was in Rio, Brazil, in 2016. At the Summer Olympics, many sports are played there. Some of the popular events are swimming, track, soccer, gymnastics, and volleyball. In 2016, there were twenty-eight sports in all. Some sports are separated into groups such as gymnastics which are grouped into rhythmic and artistic. New sports have been added such as softball, and others have been removed, like golf. The next Summer Games will be in 2020, in Tokyo, Japan.

Winter sports need to be represented, too! That is why people have created the Winter Olympic Games! There were only Summer Olympics until 1924, when the first Winter Olympics was held. . The Winter Olympics also re-occur every four years, like the summer games. Popular events are skiing, bobsledding, figure skating, snowboarding, and ice hockey. The most recent winter event was in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The next one will be held in 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The closing ceremony is at the very end of the Olympics, and begins with the “Parade of Flags”. This is where certain athletes hold flags from different nations around the world. After them, more athletes follow. From a chosen event by the organizing committee, finalists receive medals at the ceremony. The nation that received medals gets their flag raised on a pole along with two other flags. One of the flags raised at the closing ceremony is the Greece flag, in honor of where the Olympics started. The other flag is the country which is holding the next Summer or Winter Olympics. The respective national anthems are played, and the next host country holds a performance. Finally, the Olympic Flame is blown away, signaling the Olympics over.

An interesting sport in the Olympics is Live Pigeon Shooting! Yes, people killed pigeons that were alive. Their goal was to take down as many pigeons as possible in a time limit. This sport occurred in 1900 in the Paris Games. The committee that organizes the sports have added other interesting sports such as trampoline and ice stock sport.

The Olympics is a very long and traditional event. With it’s favored events and fun performances, there is no question why the Olympics is a popular and entertaining event.