Olympic Games - the largest international multi-sport event today, which are held every four years.
Tradition, which existed in ancient Greece, at the end of XIX century, was revived by French philanthropist Pierre de Coubertin. Olympic Games, also known as the Summer Olympics, held every four years since 1896, except for years, came to the world wars. In 1924 established Olympic Winter Games, which were originally performed in the same year as the Summer Olympic Games. However, starting in 1994 during the Winter Olympics is shifted by two years relative to the time of the Summer Olympics.
The Olympic idea and after the ban ancient races did not disappear for good. For example, in England during the XVII century, has repeatedly held `Olympic` competitions and tournaments. Later, similar events were organized in France and Greece. Nevertheless, these were small events, worn, at best, regional in nature. The first true predecessors of the modern Olympic Games are the `Olympia`, which were held regularly during the 1859-1888 period. The idea of revival of the Olympic Games in Greece belonged to the poet Panagiotis Sutsosu, realize it public figure Evangelis Zappas. more info >>