Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is August 8th, 2008, I’m Royce, and I’m here to talk to you about the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.
The Olympics, a time of sports, competition, and most importantly, countries being together. That is what the Olympics mean.
You might’ve known that the 2008 Olympics have started. You are probably thinking, “But they start at 8pm at night.” Well, China is ahead in time, so they have already started the games.
But, where did these big tradition start? In Ancient Greece, of course! Formed by the Ancient hero, Hercules, he wanted to make a competition to honor the Greek God, Zeus. The prizes were a wreath or leaves from a sacred olive tree behind the legendary temple of Zeus. If you got a wreath of those leaves, when you went home, you were practically treated like royalty.
The Ancient Olympic Games ran from 776 BC, to 393 AD, when the Persian Emperor canceled the games. Much, much later, in 1896, a French Baron had a dream of the games coming back to life. The games eventually were brought back and his dream came true.
What do the five rings mean? The recognizable rings are a symbol of unity. The colors are very symbolic as well. Every flag in the world has at least one of the colors that are in the five rings.
“I am really excited for the Olympics. My home country is the UK, so I am rooting for the UK or the USA.” says Rochester, a writer for the Modern Typewriter.
Remember, ROOT FOR THE USA! Nah, just kidding! Root for whoever you want! Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!