According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the
Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. Yet the first Olympic Games for which we still
have written records were held in 776 BCE (though it is generally believed that the
Games had been going on for many years already). At this Olympic Games, a naked
runner, Coroebus (a cook from Elis), won the sole event at the Olympics, the stade -
a run of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). This made Coroebus the very first
Olympic champion in history.
The games still continue almost 2,000 years later! It seems that competition is in our
blood. We like to come together as a community and see who is the best at running,
jumping, etc. It is a strong tradition for the human race to train, practice, and try to
do our best. Accomplishment is a strong desire and one that fuels us to achieve our
We watch the Olympics every time and really get excited to watch the competitions.
It is inspiring to see people work hard and achieve success. We all strive to do our
best and the Olympics are a great way to see that played out.
Be a part of the action by visiting the following website that has interactive games,
educational tools and ways that you can be more active at home!