The Olympic games were first held in Greece in 1896. This sporting event is an international event where sportspeople compete once every four years. Recently, this event was held in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian citizens had a chance to watch the Olympic Games held in their country. Many people across the world graced this event, and this event helped athletes and fans to interact.
The International Olympic Committee is mandated to organize this event. The Olympic officials oversee the preparations made by a host city. In Rio, Brazil, this committee ensured that adequate preparations were made to make this event a success.
The Olympic History of Rewarding Top Athletes
All Olympians who win in their respective disciplines are awarded medals. This tradition began in 1904 when the summer Olympics were organized as a success of summer events. Winners holding the first place are awarded a gold medal. The second-placed athletes receive a silver medal, and the third-placed sportsmen get a bronze medal.
Olympic Hosting Countries
Since the introduction of the Olympic Games, many countries have hosted this event. Greece has hosted this event twice in 1896 and 2004. Other countries that have hosted the Olympic Games, include the following:
- The United States (1904, 1932, 1986, and 1996)
- The United Kingdom (1908, 1948, and 2012)
- France (1900 and 1924)
- Germany (1936 and 1972)
- Australia (1956 and 2000)
Japan also hosted this event in 1964 and is expected to host the upcoming 2020 Olympic competition. These are some of the many countries that have hosted this event in the entire world.
The popularity of the Olympic Winners
Since the introduction of this event in 1896, many sportspeople have become great athletes. They are popular in the world and make their countries proud. For instance, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Eliud Kipchoge are among the famous Olympians.