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The Modern Olympic Games

Introduction The world’s most important sports event for over a hundred years — A different country every four years — Games of the Olympiad (Summer Games), Olympic Winter Games — Athletes from the five continents — Difference between the Olympic Games and other sports events.

The development of the Games The first modern Olympic Games, Athens, 1896 — Expansion of the Games with more sports and more athletes — Participation of women — Introduction of the Winter Games — Establishment of traditions in the opening and closing ceremonies — The Games around the world.

The Olympic Games in the 20th century Growth of modes of transport and reduction of travel time — Increased awareness of the Olympic Games through photographs — Media interest in the Games — Political and diplomatic roles of the Games.

Olympic athletes Athletes’ pre-Games preparation — Accommodation in the Olympic Village — The competitions — The unique experience of the Games.

Olympic sports Sports, disciplines, events — The programme of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games — Demonstration sports.

The rewards Diplomas and medals — The medals of the Summer and Winter Games — Celebrity of Olympic champions.

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