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The Olympic Games took their name from the Greek city of Olympia and though there were important athletic competitions held in other Greek cities in ancient times, the Olympic Games were regarded as the most prestigious. The games were held every four years during August and September and the word "Olympiad", which referred to the four year intervals between competitions, was commonly used to measure time.
The first documented Olympic champion was a man named Coroebus from Elis who won the 200 metre sprint race in 776 BC. It is believed the games had already existed for at least 500 years prior to that date. The length of the race was based on a legend Hercules had run this distance in one breath. Coroebus was a cook so we might have much in common with him. Competitors in those days, of course, competed nude. And then there's that!
Participation in the Olympic Games was originally limited to free born Greeks, but as Greek civilization was spread by the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Games drew entrants from as far away as Antioch, Sidon and Alexandria. While the only official prize was a wreath or garland, successful athletes were supported by the governments of their cities and devoted much time to training. Most of the competitors were, in fact, professionals.
This summer the Olympics return in Rio, Brazil with 200+ countries sending over 10,000 athletes. Get ready for the intense excitement of 42 Olympic sports. 306 events over the course of 19 days of competition will yield 136 medals for women, 161 for men and nine mixed medals. Many have big dreams for medals, but all of the athletes have worked hard just to be there.
Your challenge is to work together as a team to select a roster of international athletes to follow during the games. Your roster will be compiled of 10 different sports and 10 different countries.
Select 10 sports from among the 42 on Olympic list.
Find 1 athlete for each sport. All athlete(s) must be from a different country.
Have 1 team member post your Olympic roster on page 1 of your team thread in the space provided and in this thread.
Follow your chosen athletes during the games and then indicate their finishing position on the chart.
Shhh! There will be bonus points awarded later in a bonus game. Please note medal count will NOT be among the criteria so don't feel pressure to select front runners.
event results: http://www.nbcolympics.com/