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Olympic Games
The modern Olympic Games
Olympic Games
or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques[1][2]) 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
Olympic Games
are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.[3] The Olympic Games
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
Pierre de Coubertin
founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896
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Cold War
The Cold War
Cold War
was a state of geopolitical tension after World War II between powers in the Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
(the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and its satellite states) and powers in the Western Bloc
Western Bloc
(the United States, its NATO allies and others). Historians do not fully agree on the dates, but a common timeframe is the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine, a U.S. foreign policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism, was announced, and either 1989, when communism fell in Eastern Europe, or 1991, when the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
collapsed
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Professional Athlete
Professional sports, as opposed to amateur sports, are sports in which athletes receive payment for their performance. Professional athleticism has come to the fore through a combination of developments
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French Language
French (le français [lə fʁɑ̃sɛ] ( listen) or la langue française [la lɑ̃ɡ fʁɑ̃sɛz]) is a Romance language
Romance language
of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin
Vulgar Latin
of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French has evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin
Latin
in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France
France
and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages
Celtic languages
of Northern Roman Gaul
Gaul
like Gallia Belgica
Gallia Belgica
and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders
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Eastern Bloc
The Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
was the group of socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe, generally the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the countries of the
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List Of International Sports Federations
This is a list of international sports federations, each of which serves as a non-governmental governing body for a given sport and administers its sport at a world level, most often crafting rules, promoting the sport to prospective spectators and fans, developing prospective players, and organizing world or continental championships. Some international sports federations like the International Swimming Federation and the International Skating Union may oversee multiple activities referred to in common parlance as separate sports: FINA, for example governs swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo as separate 'disciplines' within the single 'sport' of Aquatics. International sports federations form an integral part of the Olympic and Paralympic
Paralympic
movements
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Athletes
An athlete (American and British English) or sportsman or sportswoman (British English) is a person who is good at a sport and competes in one or more sports that involve physical strength, speed or endurance. The term's applies to those who participate in other activities, such as horse riding or driving, is somewhat controversial. Athletes may be professionals or amateurs.[1] Most professional athletes have particularly well-developed physiques obtained by extensive physical training and strict exercise accompanied by a strict dietary regimen.Contents1 Overview 2 Titles2.1 "All-around athlete" 2.2 "World's Greatest Athlete"3 See also 4 ReferencesOverview[edit]Athletes taking part in a race on a snowy park in the U.S.The word "athlete" is a romanization of the Greek: άθλητὴς, athlētēs, one who participates in a contest; from ἄθλος, áthlos, or ἄθλον, áthlon, a contest or feat
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Amateur Sports
Amateur
Amateur
sports are sports in which participants engage largely or entirely without remuneration. The distinction is made between amateur sporting participants and professional sporting participants, who are paid for the time they spend competing and training. In the majority of sports which feature professional players, the professionals will participate at a higher standard of play than amateur competitors, as they can train full-time without the stress of having another job. The majority of worldwide sporting participants are amateurs
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Olympic (other)
Olympic or Olympics may refer toContents1 In sports1.1 Events 1.2 Clubs and teams 1.3 Other2 In transportation 3 Military 4 Geography places 5 Arts and entertainment 6 Other uses 7 See alsoIn sports[edit] Events[edit]Olympic Games, international multi-sport event held since 1896 Ancient Olympic Games, ancient multi-sport event held in Olympia, Greece between 776 BC and 393 AD Wenlock Olympian Games, a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games, held since 1850Clubs and teams[edit]Adelaide Olympic, a soccer club from Adelaide, South Australia Fribourg Olympic, a basketball club from Switzerland Sydney Olympic FC, an Australian soccer club Olympic Club (Barbacena), a Brazilian football club based in Barbacena, Minas Gerais state Olympic Mvolyé, a Cameroonian football club based in Mvolyé El-Olympi, Olympic Football Club, Egypt Blackburn Olympic F.C., an English football club based in Blackburn, Lancashire Rushall Olympic F.C., an Engl
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Deaflympics
The Deaflympics
Deaflympics
(previously called World Games
World Games
for the Deaf, and International Games for the Deaf) are an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level
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European Youth Olympic Festival
Summer1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019Winter1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019EYOF Sports (details)SummerAthletics Basketball Cycling Field hockey Gymnastics Football Handball Judo Swimming Table tennis Tennis VolleyballWinterAlpine skiing Biathlon Cross-country skiing Figure skating Ice hockey Nordic combined Short track speed skating Ski jumping SnowboardingThe European Youth Olympic Festival
European Youth Olympic Festival
(EYOF) is a biennial multi-sport event for youth athletes from the 50 member countries of the association of European Olympic Committees. The festival has a summer edition, held for the first time in Brussels
Brussels
in 1991, and a winter edition, which began two years later in Aosta
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Special Olympics World Games
The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organisation.Contents1 Principles 2 History 3 Hosts 4 Official Summer Sports 5 Official Winter Sports 6 Recognized Sports 7 Demonstration Sports 8 Regional games8.1 Asia Pacific Games9 See also 10 References 11 External linksPrinciples[edit] Although local Special Olympics events and competitions are held around the world every day, the World Games are flagship events. The goal is to showcase the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities on a global stage.[1] The World Games feature more than a week of competitions involving thousands of athletes
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Special Olympics
Special
Special
Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5.7 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries. Special
Special
Olympics competitions are held every day, all around the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events a year.[2] Like the International Paralympic Committee, the Special
Special
Olympics organization is recognized by the International Olympic Committee; however, unlike the Paralympic Games, Special Olympics World Games
World Games
are not held in the same year or in conjunction with the Olympic Games. The Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics World Games
is a major event put on by the Special
Special
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Olympiad
An Olympiad
Olympiad
(Greek: Ὀλυμπιάς, Olympiás) is a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
of the Ancient Greeks. During the Hellenistic period, beginning with Ephorus, it was used as a calendar epoch. Converting to the modern BC/AD dating system the first Olympiad
Olympiad
began in the summer of 776 BC and lasted until the summer of 772 BC, when the second Olympiad
Olympiad
would begin with the commencement of the next games. By extrapolation to the Gregorian calendar, the 2nd year of the 699th Olympiad
Olympiad
begins in (Northern-Hemisphere) mid-summer 2018. A modern Olympiad
Olympiad
refers to a four-year period beginning on the opening of the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
for the summer sports
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Olympia, Greece
Olympia (Greek: Ὀλυμπία; Ancient Greek: [olympía]; Modern Greek: [oli(m)ˈbia] Olymbía), a sanctuary of ancient Greece
Greece
in Elis
Elis
on the
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Soviet Union At The Olympics
The Soviet Union first participated at the Olympic Games in 1952, and competed at the Games on 18 occasions subsequently. At six of its nine appearances at the Summer Olympic Games, the Soviet team ranked first in the total number of gold medals won, it was second by this count on the other three. Similarly, the team was ranked first in the gold medal count seven times and second twice in nine appearances at the Winter Olympic Games
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