Sport. Yeah! We like it!!!

Sport has always been not just a way to the healthy pastime, but also a political instrument.
Olympic Games were also one of the best ways to control the crowd and people. Namely, the Olympic movement in the early stages of its development became the personification of “peaceful settlement” or “alternative victory.”

Prestory of Olympic Games:

The Modern Olympic Games are perhaps the most modern spectacle on the planet. Their pageantry, ritual, and tradition are beamed to billions via satellite, and every facet of their competition is not merely tinged with but ruled by modern technology. Yet the Olympics have their roots in a festival more ancient than the rites of Christianity, Islam, or Buddhism. Indeed if, as has often been suggested, the coliseums and stadiums our society has constructed in the twentieth century will ultimately be viewed as the cathedrals of our time, then the Olympic Games are our most sacred rite and Olympic champions our high priests. But the Olympics began in a time before satellites and television, a time before electronic timers, photo finishes, and computer rankings, a time when the greatest of gods was not sport, but Zeus.
The origin of the ancient Olympic Games is shrouded in legend, but it may have begun as a commemoration of Zeus’ defeating Kronos in a wrestling match-the prize being possession of the earth. The exact date of the first Olympic Games is also lost. Some sources say 1253 B.C., others 884 B.C.. One thing is certain, however, every four years from 776 B.C. until 394 A.D., the strongest and swiftest men in Greece assembled to compete in the Olympic Games.
The Games were held in Olympia, a great complex that included a 60,000-seat stadium, a vast hippodrome for equestrian events, and a gymnasium for wrestlers, boxers, gymnasts, and others. Religious buildings were also and important part of Olympia, just as religious ceremonies were and important part of the Games. One building, the Olympium, housed a forty-foot ivory statue of Zeus with robes of gold, one of the seven wonders of the world.
With Zeus watching over the Olympics the Games grew in both size and importance. Wars were suspended during the time of Olympic competition, so great was the respect given the Games. The Olympics began with a single footrace, but grew to encompass a variety of events, many similar to those in modern track and field. However, no race in the ancient Olympics was greater than twenty-four laps around the Olympic stadium, a distance of about three miles.

Modern history.

Especially popular games are before and after the Second World War. Dictatorial and totalitarian regimes like Hitler and Stalin, and after Khrushchev and Brezhnev and Honecker of East Germany used the Olympic Games as a tool to prove the superiority of one political system over another.
But at the end of the Cold War and since the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, Olympic movement gained new impetus from the newly formed small but proud countries desire to assert themselves and express themselves.

Now, literally in two days the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, around which already too much noise and jokes.

Offered to your attention photos of former, current and future Olympic champions, enjoy 🙂

Allison Baver from USA – speed skating.
Ana Arce. Spain. kerling
Beate Gauss. Germany
Blake Skjellerup. Speed Skating.
Canada. kerling
Claudia Toth. Austria
Elena Hight. USA. Snowboarding
Elena Khrustaleva. Kazakhstan. Biathlon
Julia Mancuso. USA. Alpine ski racing
Julie Chu. USA. Hockey
Linn Githmark. Norway. Kerling
Lolo Jones. USA. Bobsledding
Tatiana Navka. Russia. Ice skating. 
Sasha Cohen. USA. Ice skating.
Speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno.
Speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno
Zina Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta.; Sandra Keith, of Calgary; Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta.; Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man.; and Megan Tandy, of Prince, George, B.C.
Aida Bella & Marta Vuicek. Poland. 

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