The Modern Olympic Games
Explore a little further…
Look at a globe or a map of the world and locate the Olympic Games host cities. Discuss the geographical distribution of the Summer and Winter Games.
Write an article on an athlete who has taken part in the Games but who did not win a medal: describe his/her feelings, emotions and experience.
Find out about an Olympic sport. Pick a sport you don’t know from the list of sports on the programme of the Summer or Winter Games. Do some research and prepare a fact sheet on it, including the names of some of athletes who practice the sport.
Imagine some costumes that could be used at the opening ceremony of the next Olympic Games. Choose a theme and sketch some designs.
Identify some other major events that bring people together like the Olympic Games. Make a list of them and identify their similarities and differences.
Find some other examples of the interplay between the Olympic Games and the historical, political or cultural situation of the time.
SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY Young readers : Anderson, David _ The Story of the Olympics New York: William Morrow and Co., 1996 Currie, Stephen _ The Olympic Games San Diego: Lucent Books, 1999 Dheensaw, C. and Binder, D._Celebrate the Spirit: the Olympic Games
Custer, Washington: Orca Book Publishers, 1996 Middleton, Haydn _ Modern Olympic Games Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2000
Official reports of the Olympic Games organising committees Periodicals published by the IOC: Olympic Review
Gueorguiev, Nikolay _
Olympic Message Analysis of the programme of the Olympic Games 1896-1996
Lausanne: Olympic Studies Centre, 1996
Gueorgueiv, Nikolay _ Analysis of the programme of the Olympic Winter Games 1924-1998 Lausanne: Olympic Studies Centre, 2001 2002 update Wallechinsky, David Sydney 2000 Edition New York: The Overlook Press, 2000 The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics _