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Introduction

The symbol of the Olympic Games

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

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A London Underground train decorated to promote London's Olympic bid.
Nine cities submitting bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics[a] were recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Committee shortlisted five of them—London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, and Paris—from which London eventually prevailed; it will become the first city to host the Olympic Games for a third time.The bidding process for the 2012 Olympics was considered one of the most hotly contested in the history of the IOC.Paris was seen as the front-runner for most of the campaign,but last-minute lobbying by London's supporters was one factor that led to the success of its bid.Madrid was regarded as one of the favourites, but the city did not receive enough votes to surpass Paris and London.After a technical evaluation of the nine original bids, the top five were shortlisted on May 18, 2004, becoming official candidates. The remaining applicant cities—Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig and Rio de Janeiro—were eliminated.

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Inside the Athens Olympic Stadium
Credit: Mister No

The Olympic Stadium (Greek: Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο), is a stadium that is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. Located in the area of Maroussi in Athens, it is the major Greek stadium and hosted the athletics events and the football (soccer) final at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player and active businessman. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Did you know...

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  • ...that the Olympics were cancelled in 1916 for World War I, and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War II?
  • ...that John Devitt was awarded a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome despite all three timekeepers awarding a faster time to the silver medallist?

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Olympic Games
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Celebrated
2018
Winter
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493 days left
2020
Summer
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1053 days left
2022
Winter
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2024
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Youth Olympic Games
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Celebrated
2018
Summer
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297 days left
2020
Winter

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