Beginner’s Guide to the Olympics

Beginner’s Guide to the Olympics

Maybe it’s Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps or Lindsey Vonn or maybe it’s Cathy Freeman, Seb Coe or Nadia Comaneci. We all know the Olympic Games, right? Every four years the world comes together more than 200 countries.
And the best athletes compete for a medal and we’re all watching. But have you ever wondered what’s behind the Games? How is it all organized? Who puts it all
together? And yes, who pays for it? Well, most of us know it all began a long time ago three thousand years ago to be precise,
in ancient Greece. But someone, Pierre de Coubertin had
the bright idea to bring it all back and to do that he set up the
International Olympic Committee, a little over a hundred years ago. But the IOC couldn’t do it all alone and
still can’t. They need a little help from their
friends. So, who does what? Each of the sports that
takes part in the Olympic Games has an International Federation that runs the sport all year round from rules, to referees, to records, that’s their job And then there are the more than 200 National Olympic Committees around the world Their job is to select the best athletes and get them ready for the Games So, we’ve got the sports and we’ve got
the athletes and we can get them to the games but
then there’s the host city which brings the whole thing to life and
that’s a big job and that’s a long job. 7 years from the moment the IOC
chooses the host city until the moment the cauldron is lit and
the games begin think about all the things that need to
be done to make the games happen. Not just the stadiums, the pools, the ski
slopes… But where the athletes going to stay?
What are they going to eat? And how are they going to get to their events? That’s what the Organizing Committee does. It’s a very big job and it takes all
those seven years working with the IOC to get it done. Sometimes it could be a bumpy journey. In the Summer, there are 10,500 athletes
competing at 28 sports. And they have coaches, doctors, trainers
friends and family. In the Winter, it’s about 2,500 athletes and seven sports, And they need a lot of people to. And think about the equipment several
hundred pairs of skis in the Winter, in the Summer the Equestrian athletes need their horses and the rowers need their boats They’ve all got to be delivered to the
right place at the right time in good condition, specially the horses OK, so it’s a big task that’s for sure. And someone has to pay for it. So, where does the money come from? A large part comes from broadcast rights Broadcasters pay to air the Games in
their country. More than half the world’s population watched at least some of London 2012 And we also partner with some of the
world’s leading companies who provide funding for the Games and the more than 200 Olympic teams and their athletes They also supply products and expertise
that help the Games run smoothly. So, the Games are paid for mainly by
the IOC and the Organizing Committee. The government sometimes take the
opportunity of the Games to build or improve roads, or airports or housing. That can also leave a lasting benefit
for the city. But you’re probably wondering: what happens to the money that’s left over? And what goes on between the Games? The good news is that the money that’s
left goes back into sport. More than ninety percent is
redistributed to sport around the world Not just to help the Olympic Games but
to develop sport. After all the Olympics is about using sport to make the world a better place. Some of the money goes in scholarships to help fund athletes in their training It might help pay for a coach for promising sprinter, or provide transportation for a skater to get to the Games And we fund sport where you play too. We support your National Olympic Committee and local sports groups and we work with other groups like the
United Nations to bring sport equipment and kit to schools and local clubs. We spend a lot of time contributing to building a better world through sport. For example there’s the Youth Olympic
Games helping young athletes to live the
Olympic dream and its values And we use events like Olympic Day, June 23rd to try to get you to do sport We want the world to get active and live a healthy lifestyle. And we want to ensure women get the same access to sport as men At the Olympics all sports are now open to women And every single nation has now sent women to the Games We also want to make sure the
competition is fair. So we support the athletes and the fight
against doping. And then finally when it’s all over and an athlete has
run his last race or swam for last link The IOC also works to try to help
them get jobs When you’ve spent your whole young life
committed to excellence in sport sometimes you forget about your future
and that’s where we lend a helping hand So, we all love the Olympic Games, but the Olympics is about more than just two weeks every four years We work all year round using sport to
make the world a better place To find out more have a look at our

16 Replies to “Beginner’s Guide to the Olympics”

  1. think the money should be distributed to every country in the world or some countries so they can develop sport in the country because some countries in the world can't afford to go to the olympic games.I think that if some money goes to the poorer countries of the world then they can have the chance to be at the olympics and have the taste of enjoyment to the sport they like

  2. The only 8 countries hosted or will host both summer & winter olympic games in more than 200 countries all over the world – the US, France, Japan, German, Italy, Canada, Russia and South Korea. IOC should give a chance to host olympic games to more diverse countries. Anyway, this is a very good video to understand OLYMPICS.

  3. I love the Olympic games they have inspired me beyond belief last year I didn't really do any sport then the Olympics arrive in my home country and one year on I now train 3 nights a week at my local athletics track becoming the best I can be so I feel that the moneys worth it

  4. What's behind the Games? Where does the money come from? Who does what? What goes on in between the Games? Find out the answers!

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  5. This video does a great job at simplifying a very complex organization and answers many of the questions I get when I tell people I worked for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for 4 years. Love it! 

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