Knowledge of Language

Olympic Games

Paragraphs example two - The Olympic Games


The Olympic Games started in 776 BC and were so named because they were held in Olympia in Greece. At that time they were closely connected with the worship of the Greek gods and statues and temples were erected near the site of the games to honour them.


Initially there was only one sport but others soon followed. At first competitors only took part in a 200 yard race called a stade. It is clear where the modern day name for the competition ground comes from. Later on more races were added, as well as the pentathlon, boxing and wrestling.


The games continued in some form for about 1200 years until they were banned by a Roman emperor in 393 CE. He thought that they encouraged people to worship pagan gods such as Zeus and, as a Christian, he disapproved.


In 1894, however, a Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin established the International Olympic Committee in order to revive the Olympic Games. They have continued almost without interruption since then, with changes taking place as necessary. One of the most significant of these changes was the recognition that sports involving ice and snow were just as important as athletics.


Consequently, the winter games were started and are now held every four years, with a two-year gap between the summer and winter events. Athletes who excel in sports such as ski-ing, skating and the bob sleigh now have their talents recognised.



These paragraphs are all about the Olympic Games and so there has to be another way to decide where a new paragraph goes. Each is about an aspect of the games:

1.      Time and place they started
2.      Early sports
3.      Games banned
4.      Games re-established
5.      Winter games