Grade 8 Units 1-2 Review

History of the Olympic Games
In the old days, the Olympic Games were religious activities. Greece held the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The Games lasted just for one day. Only men could be in the Games. Women had no right to take part in the Olympic Games until 1912.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Greece in 1896. Just 241 men from 14 countries competed in 43 events in nine sports. Starting in 1896, the Olympic Games were held every four years except during the World Wars I and II. In the 2012 London Olympics, about 10 500 athletes from 205 countries took part in 302 events.
The first Winter Olympic Games were held in France in 1924 to give athletes a chance to compete in snow and ice sports. The Winter Olympics are held every four years, two years after each Summer Olympics.

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