The Olympic Park. An Olympic Park is a sports complex where the Olympic Games are held. It usually houses the Olympic Stadium as well as the International Broadcast Centre. It may also house the Olympic Village or other sporting venues, such as the aquatics complex for the summer games or the major ice hockey rink for the winter games. The Olympic Park is built for the specific needs of athletes and viewers during the Olympics.
The Olympic Village is a collection of housing provided for the competitors and staff members who cannot afford to live outside the confines of the Olympic community. Each country's Olympic committee determines how many rooms will be set aside in each building, with more expensive options on average being larger than those available at lower prices. The United States has taken up permanent residence in the village since 1992, following controversies over housing for American athletes in other countries.
The opening and closing ceremonies are held in the Olympic Stadium. This huge domed hall can hold 75,000 people and is used for numerous other events besides the opening and closing ceremonies: football matches, rock concerts, etc. It is one of the most popular attractions in London after Buckingham Palace.
The stadium was built for the 1948 Olympics but due to World War II it did not open until 12 months later. It has been remodeled several times since then, most recently for the 2012 Olympics.
An Olympic Stadium is also known as a multi-purpose stadium that holds Olympic events. Athletics contests and the football final are customarily contested in the Olympic Stadium during the Summer Olympic Games. During the Winter Olympics, the sports events are held in different venues across Russia.
All countries who have qualified for the Olympic games are required to submit a list of proposed venues to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC will then decide which venues will be used during the games.
There are currently 22 Olympic stadiums in use worldwide. They vary in size from 50,000 to 100,000 capacity. A few stadiums have been converted into other uses after their original purpose has been fulfilled. For example, the San Diego Sports Arena was once used by the United States men's national soccer team before they moved into their new home at Qualcomm Stadium. This is because it provides more space for soccer games compared to the older stadium.
Stadia have been used for many purposes throughout history. Some ancient stadia were made out of wood and clay, while some modern stadia are built using steel and concrete. No matter what material they are made from, all stadia have the same aim: to provide a suitable environment for athletes to train and compete in.
The Olympic Games are a four-year international sports event. The ultimate aims of sport are to cultivate human beings and to contribute to world peace. Summer and Winter Games are held independently. While the Summer Games are held in different countries, the Winter Games always take place within the same country. The first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.
The Olympic motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius (Fast, Higher, Stronger)." It was originally used as an inscription on the side of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Today it appears on the front of the Olympic flag and on the lid of each gold medal. It means "quick, high, strong." In Greek, these words are the key elements in Aristophanes' comedy "The Birds". The playwright used them to describe the effect that watching birds fight will have on its audience.
The modern Olympic movement was founded by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin. He believed that participation in sports was important for education and society. He also believed that only athletes from well-organized nations could compete successfully at the time. Coubertin organized the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896. He also designed the modern Olympic flag and logo. The games were a huge success and are still held today every two years.