On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic games opened in Athens, Greece. Fourteen countries participated, and the United States placed first overall with 11 first-place finishes.
 
History tells us that the ancient games originated in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BCE. In those days, the only event held was a foot race, and only free men could compete—single women were allowed to watch. Events such as chariot racing, boxing, and the pentathlon were eventually added.
 
Today, more than 25,000 athletes from all over the world compete in the Olympics. The Games rotate on a two-year cycle, alternating between winter and summer events. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan; and 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China. While the Olympics are about encouraging sport and competition, the games also promote respect, peace, pride, preservation of resources, and building a better world for all.
ancient
Adjective

very old.

athlete
Noun

person who participates or competes in sporting events.

boxing
Noun

sport of fighting with closed fists.

chariot
Noun

vehicle with two or four wheels and pulled by horses.

Olympics
Noun

international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.

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