The London Olympics in 2012 will be for many a once in a lifetime event. Millions of people are busy working on athletes from around the world. While millions of others are preparing the events, media coverage, developing the grounds, olympic village and those attending too.
COUNTDOWN TO LONDON OLYMPIC 2012
The start date for the London 2012 Olympic:
27th July 2012.
About the Olympics
The very first Olympic games were held more then 2,000 years ago in 776 BC, back then there was only one event the 'stadium race', and now theres over thirty.
There have been many games added and taken away throughout the years, such as tug-
-of-war, the winter games, and now women's boxing will be added to the program list. In 2012, London Olympics, there will be three boxing events for women, and one event from the mens 11 events will be taken off to make room.
Women in the Olympics
The Married women were barred from the Ancient Olympic Games, but prostitutes or virgins were allowed to spectate’, as the games were dedicated to Zeus men were the only ones to participate. If the women chose to ignore the rules they were to suffer the severe punishment of death by being pushed off a cliff. The virgin Women were originally the prizes in men’s Ancient Olympic chariot races.
During the first ‘modern’ Olympics in 1896 no woman competed as ‘De Coubertin Fet’ thought that their participation would be ‘impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic and incorrect.’
An ancient Greek "computer" used to calculate the movements of the sun, moon and planets has been linked to Archimedes after scientists deciphered previously hidden inscriptions on the device.
The title ‘Olympic’ originates from the historical town of ‘Olympia’ in Greece, it was firstly introduced not as an international sporting competition, but an honor of the most powerful Greek god, Zeus.