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Olympic Games: History

These sites are about the history of the Olympics. Find out where and when the original Olympics were held. Read about the various mascots, see the symbols of the Olympics, and watch a short movie on the history. Included are eThemes Resources about the summer and winter Olympic games, athletes and records, and ancient Greece.

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See pictures of the mascots for the summer olypic games in years past.
Explore the official site of the International Olympic Committee and Games. Learn about the athletes and events.
The Olympic Museum has a gallery and lots of information about the games.
Learn about the "Site" of the past Olympics, read about the "Spirit," and find out about the "Sports." This online exhibit compares ancient and modern Olympic sports. You can read about the athletes who were famous in ancient times, or take a virtual tour of Olympia as it looks today.
This educational site about the Summer Olympics includes lesson plans, Olympic facts, a spotlight on sports, and daily trivia questions.
This student-created site includes information about where past summer games were held.
Here is information about each of the modern summer Olympic games. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Here is information about each of the modern winter Olympic games. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read the introductory text, then click on "Jump to Timeline" for an interactive timeline of the Olympics. Click on a year for photographs and movies.
This primer is for teachers, students, and interested individuals who want to learn and teach others about the Olympic Movement. There is information on Olympic history, athletes, mascots and other symbols, as well as links to games, lesson plans, and oral histories.
Watch a movie with Tim and Moby about the Olympics, then take a pop quiz. NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
This interactive site has information about athletic events from prehistoric times to the Athens Olympics of 1896. Read a first person account, view 3-D reconstructions of Olympia, and learn about the neighboring Pythian games.
This site includes an interactive timeline of all the Olympic games from Athens 1896 to Athens 2004. There are photo galleries, facts about the games, athlete biographies, and more.
These sites have information about the people, architecture, government, and daily life in ancient Greece. View images of Greek ruins, learn the Greek alphabet, and read about the famous city of Athens. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on mythology.
Learn about some famous Olympians and how they trained for their events. See Olympic records from various countries and sporting events. View video clips, play games, and take quizzes. Includes eThemes Resources on the Olympic Games Winter 2002 and Olympic Games: History.
Learn about the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Watch video clips of athletes and read their biographies. Take interactive quizzes about the different sports. Also includes maps, activity ideas, and news stories. There are links to eThemes Resources on the 2002 Torch Relay, Olympic History, and Olympic Athletes and Records.
These sites are about the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Includes information about the Olympics, summer sports, Greece, and the ancient Olympics. There are handouts, pictures, and video clips. Includes links to eThemes Resources about the Olympics and ancient Greece.
These are sites about the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino (Turin)Italy. Learn about the different sporting events that take place during a Winter Olympiad, read news stories, or athlete's biographies. There are games, quizzes, videos, and classroom activities. Included are eThemes resources about Olympic history, athletes and records, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the 2006 host country of Italy.

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