The Olympic Games are an international sports Festival that began in ancient Greece. The original games were staged every fourth year for several hundred years. They were abolished in the early Christian era and then the revival of the Olympic Games took place in 1896 were they again have been staged every four years except during World War I and II.
The difference between the ancient and modern Olympics is that the former was the ancient Greeks way of saluting their gods and the modern games salute the athletic talents of citizens of all nations. The original games feature competition music, oratory and theater performances. The modern games have a more expansive athletic agenda.
The original games were held during the Midsummer in Olympia. They were held in honor of Zeus the most important God in the Greek pantheon. Over time they began to include wrestling and penthalon, consisting of running, jumping, spear throwing, discuss throwing and wrestling. Boxing was added next and the games continue to expand. To compete in the original Olympic Games was a way to become glorified like the gods of Greece.
A Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin advocated the revival of the Olympic Games. A counsel was named and agreed to move every four years the Olympics to the great cities of the world. 13 countries competed at the Athens game in 1896 (see more Athens 1896 Summer Olympics). In 1924 a Winter Olympics was included and was to be held at a separate cold-weather sports site. The first was held at Chamonix, France (see more Chamonix 1924 Winter Olympics). The summer and winter games were traditionally held in the same year. But after 1992 they were shifted to a different schedule.