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What Exactly Is The Olympic Tradition?

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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2008, 10:10:34 am »

The 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia, known as the


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The 2000 Games were held in Sydney, Australia, and showcased individual performances by local favourite Ian Thorpe in the pool, Briton Steve Redgrave who won a rowing gold medal in an unprecedented fifth consecutive Olympics, and Cathy Freeman, an Indigenous Australian whose triumph in the 400 metres united a packed stadium.

Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, had a memorably slow 100 metre freestyle swim that showed that, even in the commercial world of the twentieth century, some of de Coubertin's original vision still remained.

The Sydney Games were also memorable for the first appearance of a joint North and South Korean contingent (to
a standing ovation) at the opening ceremonies, even if they competed as different countries.

IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch declared at the Closing Ceremony, "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever."

2004 saw the Games return to their birthplace in Athens, Greece. Greece spent at least $7.2 billion on the Games, including $1.5 billion on security alone. The games were praised and appreciated for their excellent quality in terms of organization, hospitality, symbolism, the level of the competition and athleticism, and the overall image transmitted worldwide.

Although unfounded and wildly sensationalized reports of potential terrorism drove crowds away from the preliminary competitions of first weekend of the games (August 14-15), attendance picked up soon thereafter as the games progressed, the competitions got underway, and the terrorist attacks and security glitches failed to materialize.
The Athens Games witnessed all 202 NOCs participate with over 11,000 participants.

The 2008 Summer Olympics are currently being held in Beijing, People's Republic of China. Several new events, including the new discipline of BMX for both men and women, are to be held.

For the first time, women will compete in the steeplechase. The fencing programme is expanding to include all six events for both men and women. Women had not previously been able to compete in team foil or sabre events. Marathon swimming events, over the distance of 10 kilometres, have been added. In addition, the doubles events
in table tennis have been replaced by team events.

London, United Kingdom will hold the 2012 Summer Olympics, making London the only city to host the Games three times.

The International Olympic Committee has removed baseball and softball from the 2012 programme. However, it may be re-added in programmes in later years.

The International Olympic Committee has announced that the finalists to host the 2016 Summer Olympics are Chicago, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Madrid, Spain; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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