Dmitry Walsh

The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses.The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.The Olympic games originate in athletic contests to honor of Zeus and other deities at Olympia. The games were also helped to solve the constant civil wars among the Greek city-states.

  • Boxing: Boxers fought until one man was knocked out, or admitted he had been beaten. Unlike the modern sport, there were no rounds, and there was no rule against hitting an opponent when he was down.
  • Pankration: Like a combination of boxing and wrestling, in this event the combatants were allowed to punch, though biting and gouging an opponent's eyes, nose, or mouth with fingernails was not allowed.
  • Wrestling: This event was similar to the modern sport - with three successful throws necessary to win a match. an athlete needed to throw his opponent on the ground, landing on a hip, shoulder, or back for a fair fall. Biting and genital holds were illegal.
  • Running: There were 4 types of races at Olympia. The oldest event is the stadion, in which the runners sprinted over the distance of 1 stade (192 m), which is the length of the ancient stadium in Olympic.
  • Equestrian events: There were both chariot racing and riding events. The chariot races were held over 12 laps of the stadium (about 9 miles), and included both 2-horse and 4-horse races, a race for chariots drawn by foals and mules.
  • Pentathlon: This event involved a combination of five separate disciplines: Discus, Javelin, Jump, Running, and Wrestling. The running and wrestling events were as described above. The discus was similar to the modern event, with the implement made from stone, iron, bronze, or lead.
  • Discis_ Originally made of stone, later discuses were made of bronze, iron, or lead. The ancient discus looked a lot like the ones used today. It weighed between 1.3 and 6.6 kilograms and was anywhere from 17 to 32 centimeters
  • Grease
  • aintings by a 16th Century Flemish Artist, Pieter Bruegel (1530-1569) portrayed an activity similar to curling being played on frozen ponds. The first written evidence appeared in Latin, when in 1540, John McQuhin, a notary in Paisley, Scotland,
  • Blank end: An end where no points are scored.
  • Bonspiel: A tournament in which curlers compete.
  • Burning a rock: A rules infraction that happens when a player touches a stone as it’s traveling down the sheet.
  • Button: The very center of the target rings or house.
  • Cashspiel: A tournament in which curlers compete for money.
  • Delivery: The action of throwing a stone to the other end of the playing surface.
  • Eight-ender: A perfect end where every one of the team’s stones scores a point.
  • End: The way a curling game is divided. An end is like an inning in a baseball game. A curling game has either eight or ten ends.
  • Gripper: The sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you keep your footing on the ice. See slider.
  • Hammer: The last rock of the end.
  • Hack: The foothold in the ice you use to push off from when you deliver the stone.
  • House: Also known as the rings, this is the name of the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of concentric circles, called the 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the Button.
  • Hurry hard: A directive given to sweepers by the skip or third, to begin sweeping.
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