As the Olympic games in 2012 is being held in London, I decided to make a list of facts on the most popular Olympic events!
Have you ever wondered when the Olympics started? Well if you have or haven't here is how it all began.
The ancient Greek Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long. According to many historians, this was the only athletic event of the games for the first 13 Olympic festivals or until 724 BC. From 776 BC, the Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost 12 centuries.
One of the most popular events at the Olympic games is the 100m. People come from all four corners of the earth to see this event.The fastest man ever to run this is currently Usain Bolt, who ran it in a jaw dropping time of 9.69 seconds. He achieved this amazing feat at Beijing in 2008.He i also the record holder of the 200m with 19.30 seconds. It seems that even that wasn't enough as he and 3 of his fellow Jamaicans beat the 4 times 100m relay record.
Probably my favorite event is the gymnastics. One to watch is Beth Tweddle, who is the most successful gymnast Britain has ever had.
The first 18 months of Beth’s life were spent in Johannesburg. When she was 7 an energetic Beth was entered into a gymnastics programme at their local club, Crewe and Nantwich. At first gymnastics was just a fun past time for Beth but her coaches, Charlie Oaks and Fergus Beedham, soon recognised potential in Beth and she began training more seriously. Between 1994 & 1996 Beth was a member of the British junior national team and in 1997 she competed in her first British Espoir Championships. Shortly after she moved to City of Liverpool Gymnastics club where she remains today. Beth is coached by 1984 Olympic gymnast Amanda Kirby (nee Harrison) and together the pair have achieved phenomenal results. She has been European and World Champion on her best event, the asymmetric bars, and won the 2009 Floor World Championships in front of home crowd at the 02 Arena in London. She was an Olympian in 2004 and 2008.
Jumping events, such as the long jump and triple jump are also popular, with Philips Idowu being the best triple jumper from Great Britain .He also does a bit of long jumping but he is not as good at that as he is at triple jump.
The javelin has long since been one of the most exciting track and field events! Top Javelin throwers can throw a javelin that weighs about 4 times the weight of a football from "end zone" to "end zone". World Record Holder Jan Zelezny (98.48m) tried out for the atlanta braves as a pitcher after winning the 96 Olympics and was able to throw between 120-125mph. Unfortunately, he didn't have a lot of control. So, he decided to return to the javelin throw to claim many more world titles in the javelin.
I have only covered a tiny fraction of the events at the Olympic games.I hope that Great Britain will win the Olympics!