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The Olympics started in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC and the modern Olympics started in 1896. Back in 776 BC the games were violent and rough, the arena floor was usually covered in blood! The word arena is actually the name of the sand that was laid down inside the arena. In the early Olympics the participants would take part in activities like: running, pentathlons (a jumping event, javelin throws, a foot race and wrestling) and boxing. They would also have 4 and 2 horse chariot races and a race in armour. In boxing and wresting matches there were no weight limits so you could be against anyone!!!! If someone started a race at the wrong time (false start) they would be whipped. In the early Olympic games all the men wore nothing for safety reasons and woman would wear simple tunics. The early Olympic games only lasted three days. Around 400 BC more and more activities were being added and the games became a full five days long. The games were held in honour of Zeus, king of all gods. They were always held in Olympia and many people from around the country would come to see the games. The winners of the Olympic games were presented with a wreath of leaves and when winners returned home they were usually treated well and were given free feasts and meals. In 1896 the modern Olympics were invented. Now we have a summer and winter Olympics, the Olympics are held every 4 years. The winter Olympics first started in France, 1924. The most recent (21st) winter Olympic games were held in Vancouver in 2010. The most recent summer Olympic games were held in Beijing in 2007.
The Olympic Games
2,700 years ago, in Olympia in Greece, The Olympic games began in honour of Zeus (King of the Gods). It was part of a religious festival that was thought to have started in 776 BC and takes place every four years. This is what happened in the original Olympic games…… In the first thirteen Olympic games, there was only one event and that was the sprint. The sprint was about one hundred and eight metres in length. It was only done by men and they did it in the nude! Then later the Pentathlon was added and it had different events. There was the discus, javelin, jumping, running, and wrestling. After a while, they added equestrian events that included chariot racing and riding. As you know the Modern Olympic games are held every four years. That means the winter and summer games are always two years apart. The events at the winter games have increased over the years, for example in 2002 in Salt lake city the events were Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, CrossCountry, Ice hockey, Luge, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton, Ski jumping, Snowboarding and Speed Skating. Now you have learned that the Olympics were held to honour the Ancient Greek Gods. Becoming an Olympic medallist is really hard and it takes a lot of work. Now you can tell the person you are sitting next to the history of the Olympics. By Lauren Glasby, Year 6
Rina Rai Silver Class
One, Two, Three, London Win!
This summer, London is holding the great Olympic Games! It’ll be a first that any city has held the modern games for three times. Let’s look at the previous two games held in London! In 1908 the Games were due to be in Rome but Mount Vesuvius erupted on April 7th 1906 ruining the city of Naples. Italy couldn’t afford to host the games so London was chosen to step in and save the day! A huge stadium was speedily built in White City costing £60,000 that held 130,000 people. There were 22 nations participating in the Olympics. Did you know that there were only 37 women competing and it was the first and only time the tug of war was an event? Then in 1948 the Olympics returned again to London. It was the first Olympics since 1936 because of World War 2. The country was really poor after the War so no new venues were built. Most of the events were held in Wembley Stadium. Germany and Japan were not invited to the games because people blamed them for the War. Did you know that the 1948 Olympics was known as the ‘austerity games’ because it was the first and only to feed the athletes War rations! Let’s hope 2012 will be a great event and one to remember! By Larissa Wright , Gold class
Olympic report. The Olympics are held every four years , and now they are in London. The opening ceremony is on the 27 of July 2012 . There are going to be 10.500 athletes and even more visitors coming to our city. The Olympic Stadium is in the Olympic park and did you know it took 3 years to build the stadium .The Olympics started in Greece a very long time ago in a city called Olympia. They did it to honour the Greek god Zeus. Did you know when the Olympic games started the athletes competed naked! The athletes don’t compete naked any more. An archaeologist dug a really big hole and discovered the city of Olympia. Olympia was buried under the ground. But did you know a long time ago they won olive wreaths but now they win gold silver and bronze medals. And do you know Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the whole planet. How does he do it? If you want to know the answer here it is, he trains every day to improve his body fitness and energy.. The winter Olympics started in 1924, they take place every four years. Midway between one summer Olympics and the next. There are seven sports skiing ,skating, bobsleigh, luuge, ice hockey, curling and biathlon. The Olympic torch is lit through out the games. Ashlyn.J.Howard.- Year One
Awesome Owens Olympic triumph in 1936
Jesse Owens an American hero, an Olympic champion of 1936, set an example that everyone will follow to this day! Jesse was a man of great strength, courage and character. His dreams came true when he participated in the Berlin Olympics in 1936. He won four gold medals! For the 100 meters , 200 meters , long jump and 4x100m relay. Early years Jesse Owens was born on September 12th 1913. He was the seventh child of eleven. He grew up in a small village, Oakland, Alabama. His parents, Henry and Emma were always worrying because he got ill a lot. He came to be known as ‘Jesse’ when he started at a new school and his teacher misheard J.C and recorded his name as Jesse, the name he would be known by for the rest of his life. His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio because the village they lived in was very poor and they wanted a better life. Jesse went to a high school called Cleveland East Technical and when he was there, a coach, Charles Riley, spotted his talent. Riley coached him every day for four years before school, because after school he worked at a shop called Tony’s shoe repair, to get money for his family. World records In 1935 he set 3 world records and tied a fourth in just 45 minutes at an athletics competition in America. The 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. In 1936, Jesse competed in the Berlin Olympics. This was one of his greatest achievements where he won 4 gold medals for the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump. He helped break the world record for the 4x100m relay. This was his last event at the Olympics and he went out with pride and success. Even the Germans were impressed and many of them asked him to sign something, which he did with happiness. Adolf Hitler was the leader of Germany at the time and was not very happy that a black man had beaten his German athletes. OTHER AWARDS His Olympic medals were not the last that he would see either. In 1976 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the US president, Gerald Ford. This was a great honor and one that he treasured. Even after his death, in 1980 aged 66, he continued to win medals and honors such as the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded by the president George Bush. Today the Jesse Owens Award, is given to the year's best American track and field athlete. This award is named after him in honor of his amazing achievements. There is even a street and a school in Germany named after him. The memory of Jesse Owens
Sir Steve Redgrave “Great British Olympian” The Olympic Games started in Greece in the 8th century BC and has taken place every 4 years ever since. Many athletes take part in the Olympic Games, with nearly every nation in the world represented. Over the years there have been many great Olympians such as Jessie Owens and Carol Lewis; both great track athletes. My favorite sport in the Olympics is running and my favorite runner was Kelly Holmes. Although she didn’t win gold at the Olympics, she did get a bronze in 2000. This was an especially great achievement because she was injured before the Olympics and didn’t have very much training. However, I think the greatest Olympian of them all is Sir Steve Redgrave, the rower. Sir Steve was born on the 23rd March 1962 in Buckinghamshire. He won 5 consecutive gold medals from 1984 to 2000, which is why I think he was the best Olympian as it must take a tremendous amount of dedication to do this for 16 years. After winning his gold ion 1996, he famously said “If anyone finds me near a rowing boat again they can shoot me!”. However, despite saying this and being ill, he came back to win another gold in 2000. Steven is married to Ann Callaway, who is also a rower and they have 3 children. He was made an MBE in 1987, a CBE in 1997 and became a Knight Bachelor in 2001. Jane Richards Year 4
In Jesse’s hometown, Oakville, Alabama lies a bronze plaque shining in the sunlight. The message on it says:
May his light shine forever as a symbol For all who run the freedom of sport For the spirit of humanity For the memory of Jesse Owens; By Charles Ghigna Champions In 1986, six years after Jesse Owens died, a new star was born, Usain Bolt. He was determined to follow in the footsteps of Jesse Owens. He went on to win three gold medals in the 2008 Olympics in China (Beijing) – in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay - just like Jesse Owens did 72 years before. I wonder if Usain can do it again in this summer’s Olympics here
in London. Sadie Souter Y4
Věra Čáslavská is a famous Czech artistic gymnast who won seven Gold Olympic medals. She is the most decorated Czech gymnast in the history of gymnastics. She was born in 1942 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. At the age of 15, she changed from figure skating to artistic gymnastics. Věra Čáslavská’s first international competition was in 1958 where she won a silver medal in the team event at the World Championship in Moscow, Russia. In 1959, she won a gold medal on balance beam in Krakow, Poland at the European Championship. The following year, in Rome, 1960, she participated in her first Olympic Games with the Czechoslovakian gymnastic team and won a silver team medal. Two years later, Věra Čáslavská competed in her home city, Prague at the World Championships, winning four medals including a gold medal in vault. Čáslavská was in the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. There, she won the over all title and received gold medals in vault and balance beam. She also won a silver medal in the team event. At the European Championships, in 1965 and 1967, Čáslavská won every woman’s gymnastic event. In 1966 at the World Championship, she helped the Czechoslovakian team to win a gold medal over the Soviets. Věra Čáslavská disagreed with the communist government of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Fortunately, she got permission to participate at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City only few weeks before the competition started. At this Summer Games, she won medals in all the events. Čáslavská again won the all-around title and also received additional gold medals on the uneven bars, vault and the floor exercise. After returning home from the Mexico Olympic Games, she was forbidden to participate in any competition or travel abroad because she supported the democratic movement in her country called Prague Spring. For over 40 years, Věra Čáslavská has held the record for having more Olympic individual event titles than any other gymnast. She is the only gymnast among men and women who won Olympic gold on every individual event (vault, floor exercise, uneven bars and balance beam) plus the all-around. Finally, Věra Čáslavská is the only female gymnast that ever won every Olympic, World Championships and European Championships all-around title from one Olympic Games to the next. By AnnaMarie Cobb Year 4
Olympics How it all started
According to the Greek legend, Hercules a son of Zeus found the ancient Olympic games. The first games were held in Athens 776 BCE although it is generally believed the games had been going on for many years already. At this time, a naked runner called Corebus (a cook of Elis) was the very first Olympic champion! He won this by winning the sole event ,the stade-a run of 192 meters! Underneath I am going to tell you about an athlete called
Denise Johns was born on the 9th of December 1978 in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg with her English father Martin Johns and her sister. Denise and her family moved from Luxembourg to Copley, Ohio when she was 4 years old. When she was 10 years old she started playing volleyball. After she attended Copley High School, where she focused on swimming, track and volleyball. She graduated in 2002 and moved to Atlanta, where she started playing beach volleyball on the east coast of the United States of America. After success in those tournaments she moved to San Diego, California where she played on the AVP tour for four years. Denise Johns was born in Scotland but her local team is Great Britain and her current partner is Lucy Boulton. Denise lives in a 175 year old cottage in Midsomer Norton, Somerset with her husband Jody Gooding, also a member of the GB team.
By Szymon Pawluk Year 4
My favourite sport is running – I love it because when I run I can forget all my problems and enjoy the fresh air, especially when I run early in the morning with Hobbayne’s Running Club. I also train on a Thursday evening with the Perivale Panthers at Perivale race track. Sometimes we train on a wonderful flood-lit track and other times we either run around the local streets or do some cross country runs. I have also represented Hobbayne Primary School in cross country races. Interesting Fact 1 – at the first Ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece there was only one event which was the stadion footrace, and the competitors used to run this race in the nude! Nowadays there are lots of different running events in the Olympics that are categorised as sprints, middle-distance and long distance. They include 100m sprint, 4 x 100m relay, 3000m steeple chase, 400m hurdles and even a marathon. Men and women can compete in all of these events but they do not race against each other. Interesting Fact 2 – The Unites States of America has won more medals in the summer Olympic Games than any other country (2,549). There are lots of health benefits to running and when you run regularly you tone up your muscles, your joints become more flexible and your bones grow stronger. Running also makes you feel good and increases your energy levels so why not give it a go!!! Interesting Fact 3 – Usain St Leo Bolt is the current world and Olympic 100m and 200m record holder and he ran 100m in 9.58 seconds!
by Freddie Scarborough Year 6
Famous People There are lots of famous people in basket ball, for example one of them is Lebron James. He’s an American basket ball player for the team Miami Heat of the NBA (National Basketball Association) as you might of heard of!
Wheelchair basketball is played by disabled people in wheelchairs. It still follows the same rules as the normal game. The wheelchairs are made especially for basketball and they are considered part of the players body! Who invented it you ask? James Naismith is a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts and is credited for inventing basketball in 1891, that’s 122 years ago! By Oliver Feore; year 5
Gymnastics in the Olympics
One of the most amazing events in the 2012 Olympics is gymnastics. In this year's Olympics it is going to be fantastic. All the fabulous athletes who perform in the Olympics train a lot. They are the best in the world! When you train to be in the Olympics you have to listen very carefully otherwise you will get something so wrong you could hurt yourself very badly. Sometimes when the athletes are training they have to do moves where they have to keep strong and some when they have to be delicate. Once they have done the training you can actually see how hard they work because it is all worth it when they go to the Olympics. When they perform they always have to keep their bodies straight and their legs and arms very very strong. The gymnasts flip, balance, leap, twist, bend, jump, twirl and spin. There are lots of different types of equipment like the rings, the horse, bars or ropes. They have to focus and concentrate and try their best. It is all worth it because they could win a gold medal.
By Logan Crouch; Year 3
Free Olympic Event Guide
Want to see the Olympics but haven’t got tickets? Just read on and I will tell you where you can go to get involved and fly the flag!!! There will be many events happening in central London over the Olympic period. 1. Women’s marathon takes place on Sunday the 5th of August between 11:00am and 2:00pm 2. Men’s marathon takes place on Sunday the 12th of August between 11:00am and 1:40pm 3. The marathon events will begin and end at The Mall, and will run past places such as St James Park, St Paul Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. 4. The Men’s 20km race walk will take place on Saturday 4th of August between 5:00pm and 6:30pm. 5. The Men’s 50km race walk will take place on Saturday 11th of august between 9:00am and 1:20pm. 6. The Men’s cycling road race will take place on Saturday 28th of July between 10:00am and 4:15pm. 7. The Woman’s cycling road race takes place on Sunday 29th July 12;00pm and 4;15pm I don’t know about you but I’ll be there watching this exciting once in a lifetime opportunity and best of all it’s completely FREE!!! By Grace Glasby; Year 3
The Olympics is a sports challenge that happens in different countries every 4 years. This year we are very lucky to have it happen right here in London!!!! This year it will start on the 27th July and will end on the 12th August 2012. I’m going to tell you about the past and present Olympics. According to legend Hercules was the person who called the Olympics the Olympics. Here are some interesting facts: • The 2nd president of the international Olympic committee was called Baron Pierre de Coubertin and he was the founder of the modern Olympic games • London also hosted the Olympics in 1908 and 1948 as well as 2012 The disabled athletes have their own section of games called the Paralympics There are going to be 26 different sports included in the 2012 Olympics, here are some examples: fencing, cycling, diving, football and hockey. There are lots of famous Olympians such as Rebecca Adlington [a famous swimmer] Usain Bolt [the fastest runner in the world] and Jessica Ennis . The Olympic torch goes through the country where the Olympics are being held. As it is in London it will go through Ealing. There are two 2012 Olympic mascots called Wenlock and Mandeville. These mascots were named after a town called Much Wenlock and a hospital called Stoke Mandeville. I hope you enjoy watching the olympics!!!!!
Sustainable Olympics From the start From the moment it was
announced, the London 2012 Olympics was definitely going to be a special event. Sebastian Coe, the British ambassador and ex-Olympic champion, entered London into a ballot with the few countries that applied, to have the Olympic Games on their doorstep. With 54 votes to France’s 50, this night on the 6th July 2005 in Singapore was not to be forgotten. As well as making use of many stadiums already in Britain, London would have to create some unique new venues, including an aquatics centre, Olympic stadium and velodrome . It would involve 24 sports, each with at least 100 competitors from countries across the world Why Stratford? A deserted plain, Stratford contains a lot of unused land, making it the perfect place to build an Olympic village. The design was launched in 2007, taking four years to build .Because the only area available was on a hill, the architect incorporated that into the design, putting the changing rooms and warm up areas under ground. Each of the newly built venues for the London 2012 Olympics holds at least 6,000 people, with the Olympic stadium holding a vast number of 80,000 Homo sapiens. The aquatics centre doesn’t quite reach that capacity but still does hold a whopping 17,500 spectators enjoying the presence of 950 swimmers racing for their lives. The shape of a ceiling is a wave that’s even bigger than Heathrow’s terminal 5, it’s got 2 pools, a 50m long pool with 10 lanes, and a diving pool 25 m square. The diving boards go up to 10m tall and have got parallel boards for Tom Daley and the rest of the British diving team to fly off like kingfishers plunging into the inviting water to catch their prey. Sustainability The architect, Populous, who designed it, claims it was designed to be sustainable but is his design fit to wow the crowds at the Olympics and last for longer ? West Ham United have previously made bids for the Olympic stadium but they have failed to reach a successful negotiation with Hugh Robertson (Olympic minister.)The Olympic Velodrome is heading to go to the Forest Stewardship Council & the aquatics centre planned to go to Newham council so the local community will get the benefit of these fantastic arenas. The upper wing on the Olympic stadium is set to be recycled but some people complain that nobody will want it; the stadium roof will be too big to cover the lower wing once the upper wing has gone & it would cost too much to dismantle the stadium. Overall, I think the Olympic site will be fit to wow the crowds at the Olympics, but I doubt all of it will be sustainable.
By Amy G. Goodall ; Year 4 brown class
Joe Lee, Gold Class
I picture the Olympics..
I picture the Olympics to be filled with bustling fans, trying to get a glimpse of their sporting role models. Great smiles would be painted on their faces as they cheer their country on. Amazingly florescent fireworks would shoot through the sky like the bullet of a gun at a starting line. Like a bird’s nest, the Olympic stadium would coil around you until it looked like there was no way out. Flags would be held up high, 360 of the way around me, so all that would be seen is the faint blur of confused colours. Wedlock and Mandeville would be prancing around as if there were springs implanted in their legs.
I picture the Olympics to smell like I was athletes’ brains start striving to win, tension there would be a slight whiff of fresh, new sweet scent of popcorn would fill the stadium; back in my school P.E changing room. As the starts to turn into a scent. On the other hand, sports equipment and sharply cut grass. The people’s noses would tingle with glee.
My taste buds would beg for more as I wolf down my share of exotic food. Ice cream would slide down my throat like a slithering snake. The caviar, which could be mistaken creepy eyeballs, would pop as I chew them.
The sound of cheering would bounce off your eardrums. The screaming of fireworks would sound like a baby was crying. Disappointed fans would give a muffled groan as their favourite sports people fail to get a medal.
By Bethany Year 6
The Olympics were first set in Olympia, Greece, 776BC. We call them the Ancient Olympic Games. The Olympics are big sporting events held every four years where athletes from around the world come together to compete for their nation. The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas. The Olympic motto is "Citius, Altius, and Fortius." It is Latin for "Swifter, Higher, and Stronger." It has also been interpreted at various times as "Faster, Higher, and Stronger." The names of the Olympic mascots are Wenlock and Mandeville. There is an Olympics for disabled people known as the Paralympics. The Paralympics motto is “spirit in motion”. The motto was introduced in 2004 at the Paralympic Games in Athens. In 1960, the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy and this year’s Paralympics are set in London, 9th September 2012. The Paralympic Games are a multisport event for athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities. This includes mobility disabilities, amputees, and visual disabilities. I researched these countries because my mum is Swedish and my dad is Barbadian. Here is a list of Olympic athletes from England: Alberto Juantorena (Cuban former track athlete, 1976), Alberto Tomba (world cup alpine ski racer, 1994) and Adriana Behar (Volleyball, 1993). Here is a list of Olympic athletes from Sweden: Avrid Aberg (track and field athlete, 1912) and Richard Abrink (track and field athlete, 1912). The only Barbadian Olympic medal winner is Obadele Thompson (sprint athlete). The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt is scheduled to appear in the 2012 Olympic Games. The date of the 2012 Olympic Games opening is Friday 27th July 2012. They will be set in London. The Olympic Stadium will host the Athletics and Paralympics Athletics events at the London 2012 Games, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Richard Loye Year 5
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