The best of the London 2012 Olympics: The Olympic Games: a short animated history

The best of the London 2012 Olympics: The Olympic Games: a short animated history


bjbj The Olympics started way back in Ancient
Greece, where athletes competed in the buff and corporate tie-ins were almost unheard
of. After that people would try and bring the games back, such as in revolutionary France,
Liverpool and Wenlock. And the thoroughly French, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was so
stirred by Wenlock s giddy heights that he founded the proper Olympics; holding the first
in 1896 in, a far less marble-y, Greece. The next few games were just sideshows to bigger
things, but they did see women s events introduced and the first paralympian winner – a wooden
legged gymnast, win 3 golds. And in 1912, Sweden finally stepped-in and assembled an
affordable and well-designed Olympics. But just when things were on track, trouble in
Europe got the 1916 games cancelled. And Germany weren t welcome at the next games, having
recently paid the hosts a rather unwelcomed visit. But the Olympics had a swift revamp,
launching big brands like the Olympic rings and flame. Fun fact: the torch relay started
in 1936 when it was passed to Nazi Berlin. This was Hitler s big fascist party, where
he tried to ban Black and Jewish athletes. Black runner, Jesse Owens famously won 4 gold
medals, ruining Hitler bash and we all had a war. Then 48 saw those still on speaking
terms meet up in a flat-broke London for the topically titled Austerity Games . Germany,
Japan and the Soviet Union stayed home. Meanwhile in nearby Aylesbury, injured war veterans
held an archery contest, which went on to become the Paralympics. Then after a fairly
dull fifties, the sixties were much more exciting. Not only did the games see its first black
African champion; they also saw the Black Power salute performed on the winner s podium.
There was tragedy in the 70s, with 12 murdered in the Munich Massacre. Among the dead were
11 members of the Israeli Olympic team. And the eighties saw lots of spiteful snubbing,
with the US and the Soviets taking it in turns to stand each other up. Since then the 90s
and 00s have seen far less boycotts; with a schmoozey bunch all showing up to the Beijing
Olympics, despite China s track record. The games have also proved economy bustingly expensive
of late, so good luck Britain for 2012 re all in this together! gd/} huS^ h7d+ gdZt
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7 Replies to “The best of the London 2012 Olympics: The Olympic Games: a short animated history”

  1. That British propaganda is pathetic, full of lies. Britannia is still angry/bitter that just the NSDAP-Germany arranged 1936 the best Olympic Games ever since the modern Olympics borned and the 1936 Games were an inspiring model/standard for the all later Olympic Games. (The Olympic torch run/fire tradition, Leni Riefenstahl´s Olympia-film masterpiece, etc) Jesse Owens then was generously sponsored by the German NSDAP-sport company (Adidas). Jesse Owens admired Hitler, but disliked Roosevelt.

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