The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games begin February 12 and March 12, respectively. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the 18th city to host the Winter Olympics and the third Canadian city to host the Olympic Games. The first Canadian Olympics was held in Montreal, Quebec during the summer of 1976, and the 1988 Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Alberta. The 2010 Olympic Games will last for 16 days, with opening ceremonies commencing on February 12 and ending with the closing ceremony on February 28. The Paralympic Games begin March 12 and close on March 21, 2010.
At the Olympic Games, approximately 2,500 athletes from over 80 countries will compete in 15 different sports and over 86 separate medal events.
Over 1,300 athletes and officials from more than 40 countries will take part in five sports (alpine and cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and biathlon) during the 10-day 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
To truly understand about the modern Olympics, it is important to study the beginnings of the Olympics which started in Greece in the year 776 BCE.
History of the Olympics - From Greece to the 2010 Olympic Games in the Montessori ClassroomThe Olympics began as a way to honor Zeus, the king of the Gods, and only pure-blooded, free Greek males could participate. In the beginning, there was only one event, a short sprint called the Stade. Because the Olympics were dedicated to Zeus, women were not allowed to compete or even attend. The winner of the race was crowned with a wreath made from the sacred olive tree. The Greek games were held every four years, for 1,170 years before being abolished with the rise of the Roman Empire, around the 4th century A.D. by the Roman Emperor Theodosius II. During that time, events such as wrestling, boxing, chariot racing, and the pentathlon were added. The pentathlon was a series of five events which included the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, foot race and wrestling.
This series of blogs will talk about ideas on how to incorporate the Olympics into your Montessori classroom. In the meantime, here are some places to go for further research:
- http://www.vancouver2010.com/ – The official website of the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics
- http://www.olympic.org/ – The official website of the modern Olympic Movement
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, January 21, 2010.