Eric WestMark Wahlberg and Singer/Actor Eric West pose together at MTV Video Music Awards September, 2000 Eric West Publicity Still, c. 2004.
Eric West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. In 1996, he made his acting debut in Movies Money Murder; in 2004, he became one of the most exciting new faces to hit the international model scene, while two more movies followed, Lords of Dogtown, and a movie with pop idol Lindsay Lohan and Nick Cannon currently in production. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career.
Eric started recording music at the age of 12 much like his uncle Grammy winner Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, in 1995 West released his debut single End Of The World in Asia, it achieved Top 10 status on the Tokyo Hot 100 singles chart, right before he turned 15 he had finished recording a full-length album that was never released. In the summer of 1998 Eric took his voice to radio, at age 16 he was the youngest DJ in history on FM radio in New York City, when he became a CO-host of the Top 9 at 9 on WBLS with radio diva JC Jordan.
Black Eyed Peas member Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) discovered Eric, and invited the then 15 year old to appear on stage with the Grammy nominee at a concert in New York City for Jane Magazine in 1996.
After nearly 3 years out of the spotlight Eric returned briefly in 2001 with Can You Help Me? his first single in over 5 years, produced by Stay-C Hogan and written by Eric West it became an international hit topping the B-Radio Latin American radio charts for 2 weeks, rivaling songs by Justin Timberlake and Madonna for the No. 1 spot, while hitting Top 5 in Chile, Bolivia and Mexico, rumors of an album being released floated around on the Internet, but were untrue at the time. In 2002 Eric got together with Grammy winning producers David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and Carole Bayer Sager (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond) to write a song for Pop icon Cher for her forthcoming album.Eric West singing "Can You Help Me" on Much Music USA's What's Hot For Fall, September 22, 2001
Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. He made his acting debut in the new show In My Lifetime directed by Devin Hampton and Little X who has directed music videos for Sean Paul, Usher, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Nelly. Eric then received a top honor from the OCTN; he was awarded the Humanitarian Award : Youth Of The Millennium. He received the award for the charity work he's done in his community over the years. On September 21st, 2000 Eric joined Rich Cronin of the platinum selling band LFO, in Brooklyn, New York to help lead the Light The Night Walk with 12 year-old leukemia survivor Kimberly Thach, the Society's National Youth Ambassador. Eric, Rich and Kimberly lead approximately 1,000 leukemia survivors, friends, and family members carrying illuminated balloons over the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate lives touched by cancer.
In 2004 Eric also appeared in his own fashion spread in Marie Clarie Japan. He was featured as one of fashion's top new models and singers, and that was just early 2004.Eric West Publicity Still, c. 2004.
On August 28th, Eric made media headlines worldwide when he wore a "I Support Janet Jackson" T-shirt to the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". The T-shirt earned mentions in the NY Daily News, New York Post, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Janet Jackson and her fan club sent the singer a thank you message for his support.
Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. Eric was scheduled to tour the UK as opening act for European superstar Matt Goss famous for UK hits When Will I Be Famous, Try and I'm Coming With Ya, but the tour was canceled due to Goss' recent ill health.
West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release.
As 2004 continued Eric's star continued to rise, as he became part of many Internet rumors and gossip columns, which included rumored fights with pop stars, Usher Raymond and Justin Timberlake, while according to sources in Eric's camp, the rumors are untrue, reports say West is good friends with the singers.  (http://www.pop-music.com/print.php?sid=1194)Eric West CD Single Cover
Mid-Decemeber 2004 Eric found himself once again making headlines when he annouced on his official web site  (http://www.eric-west.com) that he finished work on a song titled "Wires," inspired by those whose lives have been touched by HIV and AIDS.  (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20041223/bs_prweb/prweb191159_3)
Working on my album has been an amazing journey, a lot of it has been inspired by people, and more so life, recently, I wrote a song called "Wires," which is about HIV/AIDS, inspired by a few friends of mine who are going though situations that deal with HIV/AIDS. The singer also added, With my music, I don't want to compete with every other singer out there, but I want to make a difference in peoples lives, that matters to me, more so than selling millions of albums. I pray that I am able to changes lives or at least help to make them better, and I know it will be a risk to release a song about HIV/AIDS like "Wires," but I'm willing to take that chance.
On January 20, 2005 AOL Music  (http://music.channel.aol.com/artist/main.adp?tab=main&artistid=367254) announced it will premiere Eric's debut single from "Half | Life" towards the end of March, on Eric's official site, it states the LP's first single will be between "Half | Life" and a track titled "If I Only Knew", according to numerous websites the album will include songs called "Black Rose," "Wires," and "Underdog".
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 (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20041223/bs_prweb/prweb191159_3). When measuring by the number of titles won at the Modern Olympic Games, the following athletes may be considered the most successful (Intercalated Games are included in Ray Ewry's scores, otherwise he would be placed 10th in the table):. Mid-Decemeber 2004 Eric found himself once again making headlines when he annouced on his official web site  (http://www.eric-west.com) that he finished work on a song titled "Wires," inspired by those whose lives have been touched by HIV and AIDS. This is further complicated since the IOC no longer recognises the Intercalated Games which it originally organised and which most historians do consider as Olympic games.  (http://www.pop-music.com/print.php?sid=1194). The diversity of the sports, and the great differences between the Olympic Games in 1896 and today make it difficult to decide which athlete is the most successful Olympic athlete of all times. As 2004 continued Eric's star continued to rise, as he became part of many Internet rumors and gossip columns, which included rumored fights with pop stars, Usher Raymond and Justin Timberlake, while according to sources in Eric's camp, the rumors are untrue, reports say West is good friends with the singers. Many athletes have become celebrities or heroes in their own country, or even world-wide, after becoming Olympic champion.
The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release. Because the Olympics are held only once every four years, the public and athletes often consider them as more important and valuable than world championships and other international tournaments, which are often held annually. West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. Commemorative medals and diplomas — which differ in design from those referred to above — are also made available to participants finishing lower than third and eighth respectively. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the first three were given wreaths as well as their medals. Eric was scheduled to tour the UK as opening act for European superstar Matt Goss famous for UK hits When Will I Be Famous, Try and I'm Coming With Ya, but the tour was canceled due to Goss' recent ill health. Certificates were awarded also at the 1896 Olympics, but there they were awarded in addition to the medals to first and second place. Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. In addition, from 1948 onward athletes placing fourth, fifth and sixth have received certificates which became officially known as "victory diplomas;" since 1976 the medal winners have received these also, and in 1984 victory diplomas for seventh- and eighth-place finishers were added, presumably to ensure that all losing quarterfinalists in events using single-elimination formats would receive diplomas, thus obviating the need for consolation (or officially, "classification") matches to determine fifth through eighth places (though interestingly these latter are still contested in many elimination events anyway).
The T-shirt earned mentions in the NY Daily News, New York Post, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Janet Jackson and her fan club sent the singer a thank you message for his support. However, the 1904 Olympics also awarded silver trophies for first place, which makes Athens 1906 the first games that awarded the three medals only. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". The practice of awarding medals to the top three competitors was introduced in 1904; at the 1896 Olympics only the first two received a medal, silver and bronze, while various prizes were awarded in 1900. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. In some events contested by a single-elimination tournament (most notably boxing), third place might not be determined, in which case both semi-final losers receive bronze medals. On August 28th, Eric made media headlines worldwide when he wore a "I Support Janet Jackson" T-shirt to the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. (Though they used to indeed be of solid gold, they are now actually gilted silver, making the description somewhat inaccurate.) The runners-up receive silver medals, and the third-place athletes bronze medals.
He was featured as one of fashion's top new models and singers, and that was just early 2004. The winners receive what are called "gold medals". In 2004 Eric also appeared in his own fashion spread in Marie Clarie Japan. The athletes (or teams) who place first, second, or third receive medals. Eric, Rich and Kimberly lead approximately 1,000 leukemia survivors, friends, and family members carrying illuminated balloons over the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate lives touched by cancer. For all events held at the Olympic Games, a classification is made up. On September 21st, 2000 Eric joined Rich Cronin of the platinum selling band LFO, in Brooklyn, New York to help lead the Light The Night Walk with 12 year-old leukemia survivor Kimberly Thach, the Society's National Youth Ambassador. Main article: Olympic medallists.
He received the award for the charity work he's done in his community over the years. The 2000 and 2002 Olympics showed that the battle is not nearly over, as several medallists in weightlifting and cross-country skiing were disqualified after doping offences. Eric then received a top honor from the OCTN; he was awarded the Humanitarian Award : Youth Of The Millennium. In the late 1990s, the IOC took initiative in a more organised battle against doping, leading to the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 1999. Kelly and Nelly. In 1990, documents were revealed that showed many East German athletes, especially women, had been administered anabolic steroids and other drugs by their coaches and trainers, as a government policy. He made his acting debut in the new show In My Lifetime directed by Devin Hampton and Little X who has directed music videos for Sean Paul, Usher, Alicia Keys, R. Despite the tests, many athletes used doping without being caught.
Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. The most publicised doping-related disqualification was that of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who won the 100 m at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but tested positive for stanozolol. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. More than fifty athletes followed him over the next 34 years, several medal winners among them. Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. The first Olympic athlete to test positive for doping use was Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, a Swedish pentathlete at the 1968 Summer Olympics, who lost his bronze medal for alcohol use. In 2002 Eric got together with Grammy winning producers David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and Carole Bayer Sager (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond) to write a song for Pop icon Cher for her forthcoming album. In the mid-1960s sports federations put a ban on doping, and the IOC followed suit in 1967.
1 spot, while hitting Top 5 in Chile, Bolivia and Mexico, rumors of an album being released floated around on the Internet, but were untrue at the time. As was later established he had been doped with amphetamines. After nearly 3 years out of the spotlight Eric returned briefly in 2001 with Can You Help Me? his first single in over 5 years, produced by Stay-C Hogan and written by Eric West it became an international hit topping the B-Radio Latin American radio charts for 2 weeks, rivaling songs by Justin Timberlake and Madonna for the No. At the games in Rome the Danish Knut Enemark Jensen fell from his bicycle and died. Black Eyed Peas member Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) discovered Eric, and invited the then 15 year old to appear on stage with the Grammy nominee at a concert in New York City for Jane Magazine in 1996. As these methods became more extreme, gradually the awareness grew that this was no longer a matter of health through sports. The first olympic death caused by doping occurred in 1960. In the summer of 1998 Eric took his voice to radio, at age 16 he was the youngest DJ in history on FM radio in New York City, when he became a CO-host of the Top 9 at 9 on WBLS with radio diva JC Jordan. For example, the winner of the marathon at the 1904 Games, Thomas Hicks, was given strychnine and brandy by his coach, even during the race.
Eric started recording music at the age of 12 much like his uncle Grammy winner Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, in 1995 West released his debut single End Of The World in Asia, it achieved Top 10 status on the Tokyo Hot 100 singles chart, right before he turned 15 he had finished recording a full-length album that was never released. In the early 20th century, many Olympic athletes used drugs to enhance their performance. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career. One of the major problems facing the Olympics (and international sports in general) is doping, or performance enhancing drugs. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The sizes of these markings are limited. In 1996, he made his acting debut in Movies Money Murder; in 2004, he became one of the most exciting new faces to hit the international model scene, while two more movies followed, Lords of Dogtown, and a movie with pop idol Lindsay Lohan and Nick Cannon currently in production. Athletes are only allowed to have the names of clothing and equipment manufacturers on their outfit.
Eric West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. Advertisement regulations are still very strict, at least on the actual playing field, although "Official Olympic Sponsors" are common.  (http://www.myspace.com). As of 2004, the only sport in which no professionals compete is boxing; in men's football (but not in the women's game) the number of players over 23 years of age is limited to three per team. From time to time Eric chats with his fans via the internet online community MySpace. This switch was perhaps best exemplified by the American Dream Team, composed of well paid NBA stars, which won the Olympic gold medal in basketball in 1992. In an interview with Germany's "Music Mix" Magazine, Eric West stated he would like to work with the likes of Eminem, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams in the future. In the 1980s, amateurism regulations were relaxed, and eventually completely abolished in the 1990s.
Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. Nevertheless, the IOC held on to amateurism. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]. For example, many athletes from Eastern European nations were officially employed by the government, but effectively given opportunity to train all day, thereby only being amateurs in name. He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. It gradually became clear to many that the amateurism rules had become outdated. Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister. Twenty-four years later, Swiss and Austrian skiers boycotted the 1936 Winter Olympics in support of their skiing teachers, who were not allowed to compete because they were considered to be professionals, earning money with their sport.
2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005). 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon champion Jim Thorpe was disqualified when it was discovered that he played semi-professional baseball prior to winning his medals (he was restored by the IOC in 1983). 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America. This exclusion of professionals has caused several controversies throughout the history of the modern Olympics. 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan. The exception to this were the fencing instructors, who were indeed expected to be gentlemen. As in most cases only amateurs were considered such, professional athletes were not allowed to compete in the Olympic Games.
In Coubertin's vision, athletes should be gentlemen. Some demonstration sports, such as baseball and curling were eventually included as full-medal events. These sports were sometimes sports only popular in the host nation, but also internationally known sports have been demonstrated. The objective was for these sports to reach a big audience through the Olympics; the winners of these events are not properly Olympic champions.
Until 1992, the Olympics often also featured so-called demonstration sports. Although no sports have been excluded from the programme since the 1920s, the IOC has indicated it may do so after the 2008 Games if sports no longer fit in the programme. The growth of the Olympics also means that some less popular (modern pentathlon) or expensive (white water canoeing) sports have to fear for their place on the Olympic programme. Examples of such sports include snowboarding and beach volleyball.
In recent years, the IOC has added several new sports to the programme to attract attention from young spectators. In addition, figure skating and ice hockey have also been contested as part of the Summer Games before introduction of separate Winter Olympics. Of these, cross country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating have featured on the programme at all Winter Olympics. At the most recent Winter Olympics, 7 sports were conducted, or 15 if one splits up sports such as skiing and skating.
If the 1896 rowing events had not been cancelled due to bad weather, they would have been included in this list as well. 9 sports were on the original Olympic programme in 1896: athletics (track and field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting, swimming, and wrestling. If one splits up sports such as aquatics, there were 37 different sports. At the 2004 Olympics, events were held in 28 sports, per the IOC count.
In detail: Olympic sports. Afterwards the Olympic Anthem is played while the Olympic Flag is lowered, and the Olympic Flame is then extinguished. A fringed Olympic Flag is presented to the mayor of the host city of the next Olympic Games. The host city of the next Olympic Games is then introduced; traditionally three flags are raised - the flag of Greece, the flag of the host nation of the current Games, and the flag of the host nation of the next Games.
The IOC president then gives a speech, which nowadays include giving a verdict on the success of the Games, presenting the Olympic Order award to the organizers of the Games, and declaring the Games closed. The athletes again march into the stadium, but they march in random order, not divided by country, symbolizing the unity of all participants at the end of the Games. The closing ceremonies have, since the 1956 Summer Olympics, become less structured than the opening ceremonies. Apart from these traditional elements, the host nation ordinarily presents artistic displays of dance and theatre representative of that country.
(The Olympic Flame has been lit since the 1928 Summer Olympics, but the torch relay didn't start until the 1936 Summer Olympics.) The lighting of the Olympic Flame is followed by the release of doves, symbolising peace; this was first done at the post–World War I 1920 Summer Olympics and discontinued after several doves were burned alive in the Olympic Flame during the 1988 Summer Olympics opening. The last carrier of the torch, often a well-known athlete from the host nation, then lights the fire in the stadium's cauldron. Finally, the penultimate runner in the Olympic Flame relay brings a torch into the stadium, passing the flame to the last carrier. Then, the flag bearers of all countries circle around a rostrum, where one athlete (since the 1920 Summer Olympics) and one referee (since the 1972 Summer Olympics) speak the Olympic Oath, declaring they will compete and judge according to the rules.
Next, the Olympic Anthem is played, and the Olympic Flag rises in the stadium. After all nations have entered, the president of the host country's Olympic Organizing Committee makes a speech, followed by the IOC president, who at the end of his speech, introduces the organizing country's head of state, who in turn formally opens the Olympics. (Exceptionally, in 2004 when the Games were held in Greece, Greece marched last as host nation rather than first, although the Flag of Greece was carried in first.) Between these two, all other participating nations march in alphabetical order of the dominant language of the host country, or in English alphabetical order if the host country does not write its dominant language using an alphabet. Traditionally (starting at the 1928 Summer Olympics) Greece marches first, because of their historical status as the origin of the Olympics, while the host nation marches last.
One honoured athlete, typically a top competitor, from each country carries the flag of his or her nation leading the entourage of other athletes from that country. The traditional part of the ceremonies starts with a parade of nations, during which most participating athletes march into the stadium country by country. The ceremonies typically start with the performing of the host country's national anthem. Various traditional elements frame the opening ceremonies of a celebration of the Olympic Games.
Though torches have played a part historically, the relay was introduced in 1936. There it plays an important role in the opening ceremonies. The Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia and brought to the host city by runners carrying the torch in relay. The official Olympic Motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius", a Latin phrase meaning "Swifter, Higher, Stronger". Coubertin's ideals are probably best illustrated by the Olympic Creed:.
It is hoisted at each celebration of the Games. The flag was adopted in 1914, but the first Games it flew at was Antwerp, 1920. These colours, white (for the field), red, blue, green, yellow, and black were chosen such that each nation had at least one of these colours in its national flag. They appear in five colours on a white field on the Olympic Flag.
These five intertwined rings represent the unity of the five continents. The best known symbol is probably that of the Olympic Rings. The Olympic movement uses many symbols, most of them representing Coubertin's ideas and ideals. In detail: Olympic symbols.
They denied the allegations. In particular Bulgaria's member Ivan Slavkov and Muttaleb Ahmad from the Olympic Council of Asia were implicated. The documentary claimed it is possible to bribe IOC members into voting for a particular candidate city. A BBC documentary aired in August 2004 entitled Panorama: "Buying the Games" investigated the taking of bribes in the bidding process for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Also, more active and former athletes were allowed in the IOC, and the membership terms have been limited. The scandal set off further reforms, changing the way in which host cities are elected to avoid further bribes. The IOC started an investigation, which led to four members resigning, and six being expelled. In 1998, it became known that several IOC members had taken bribes from the organising committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, in exchange for a vote on the city at the election of the host city.
Samaranch's ties with the former fascist government in Spain, and his long term as a president (21 years), until he was 81 years old, have also been points of critique. Under his presidency, the Olympic Movement made great progress, but has been seen as autocratic and corrupt. Especially the leadership of IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch has been strongly criticised. In the past, the IOC has often been criticised for being a monolithic organization, with several members remaining a member at old age, or even until their deaths.
More broadly speaking, the term Olympic Movement is sometimes also meant to include everybody and everything involved in the Olympics, such as national sport governing bodies, athletes, media and sponsors of the Olympic Games. OCOGs are dissolved after the celebration of the Games, when all subsequent paperwork has been done. At present 202 NOCs and 35 IFs are part of the Olympic Movement. Three groups of organisations operate on a more specialised level:.
It can be seen as the government of the Olympics, as it takes care of the daily problems and takes all important decisions, such as the host city of the Games and the programme of the Olympics. At the heart of the Olympic Movement is the International Olympic Committee (IOC), currently headed by Jacques Rogge. The rules and guidelines by which these organisations operate are outlined in the Olympic Charter. Together they form the Olympic Movement.
A number of organisations are involved in organising the Olympic Games. During the 2004 Summer Games at Athens, Greece, judoka Arash Miresmaeili intentionally overate, exceeding the weight-limit and forfeiting his match against Israeli Ehud Vaks; the first time this had happened at the Olympics. Iran's general sporting boycott of Israel is manifest not in explicit refusal to compete (which would attract sanctions) but in withdrawals due to "injuries" and similar reasons. Three other Communist nations (Cuba, Ethiopia and Nicaragua) stayed away in solidarity, though it was not officially announced as a boycott so as to avoid IOC censure.
In 1988, North Korea boycotted the Seoul Olympics to protest at not being made co-host with South Korea. The Soviet Union and 14 of its Eastern Bloc partners countered by skipping the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, arguing the safety of their athletes could not be guaranteed there. The United States and 64 other Western nations refused to compete at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, for reason of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but 16 other Western nations competed at the Moscow Olympics. In 1980 and 1984 the cold war opponents boycotted each other's games.
Taiwan refused and did not participate as a result. Also in 1976, Canada told the team from Taiwan that it could not compete at the Montreal Summer Olympics under the name 'Republic of China', despite a compromise that would have allowed Taiwan to use the ROC flag and anthem. 22 countries (Guyana was the only non-african nation) boycotted the Montreal Olympics, because New-Zealand wasn´t banned. A lot of sympathy was felt for the athletes forced by their governments to leave the Olympic Village; there was little sympathy outside Africa for the governments' attitude.
The countries withdrew their teams after the games had started; some African athletes had already competed. The IOC conceded in the first 2 cases, but refused in 1976 because the boycott was prompted by a New Zealand rugby union tour to South Africa, and rugby was not an Olympic sport. In 1968, 1972, and 1976, a large number of African countries threatened the IOC with a boycott, to force them to ban respectively South Africa, Rhodesia, and New Zealand. In 1956 the Games were boycotted by the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, because of the withdrawal of the Hungarian Uprising by the Warsaw Pact - furthermore the Melbourne Games were boycotted by Cambodia, Egypt, Iraq and the Lebanon, because of the Suez Crisis.
As a result, the IOC told the USOC to either send the two athletes home, or to withdraw the complete track and field team. Two African American track-and-field athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, performed the Black Power salute on the victory stand of the 200-meter track and field race. A political incident on a smaller scale occurred at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Politics also interfered with the Olympics on several other occasions, the most well-known of which was the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin; the games were used as propaganda by the German Nazis.
Furthermore a bomb exploded in the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, USA, during the Summer Olympics in 1996, two persons died and several were injured. This event is known today as the Munich Massacre. A failed liberation attempt led to the deaths of all of the abducted athletes, along with five of the terrorists and a policeman. In 1972, when the Summer Games were held in Munich, West Germany, eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists.
In fact, three Olympiads had to pass without Olympics because of war — due to World War I the 1916 Games were cancelled, and because of World War II the games of 1940 and 1944 were also skipped. Despite what Coubertin had hoped for, the Olympics did not stop wars from happening. Also, since 1980, Taiwan has competed under the name "Chinese Taipei", and under a flag specially prepared by the IOC (prior to that year the People's Republic of China refused to participate in the Games because Taiwan had been competing under the name "Republic of China"). Examples of this include territories such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Hong Kong, all of which compete as sovereign nations despite the fact that politically they are considered part of another country and their residents do not carry citizenship from that nation.
As a result, many colonies and dependencies are permitted to host their own Olympic teams and atheletes even if such competitors hold the same citizenship as another member nation. This is because the International Olympic Committee allows nations to compete which do not meet the strict requirements for political sovereignty that many other international organizations demand. This is noticeably higher number than the number of countries recognized by the United Nations, which is only 192. Over 200 countries currently participate in the Olympics.
Although allowing professional athletes and attracting sponsorships from major international companies solved financial problems in the 1980s, the large number of athletes, media and spectators makes it difficult and expensive for host cities to organize the Olympics. The growth of the Olympics is the largest problem the Olympics face today. In 2000, an estimated 3.8 billion viewers watched the Olympics on television. With over 16,000 broadcasters and journalists present in Sydney, the Olympics are one of the largest media events, together with the Football World Cup.
The number of competitors at the Winter Olympics is much smaller than at the summer edition; 2,400 athletes competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 78 events. From the 245 participants from 15 nations in 1896, the Games grew to more than 10,500 competitors from 200 countries at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Either way, the 1906 Games again attracted a broad international field of participants — in 1904, 80% had been American — and great public interest, thereby marking the beginning of a rise in popularity and size of the Games. Most contemporary Olympic historians, however, consider them to be official Olympic Games.
The so-called Intercalated Games (because of their "off-year" status) were held in 1906 in Athens, as the first of an alternating series of Athens-held Olympics. Although originally the IOC recognised and supported these games, they are currently not recognised by the IOC as Olympic Games, which has given rise to the explanation that they were intended to mark the 10th anniversary of the Modern Olympics. Louis (1904) were overshadowed by the world's fair exhibitions in which they were included. The celebrations in Paris (1900) and St. After the initial success, the Olympics struggled.
In detail: Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The IOC decided differently, however, and the second Olympic Games took place in Paris, France. The Greek officials and public were also very enthusiastic, and they even proposed to be allowed to have the monopoly on organizing the Olympics. Although the total number of athletes did not exceed 250, they had been the largest international sports event ever held.
The first modern Olympic Games were a success. To organize the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established, with the Greek Demetrius Vikelas as its first president. On the last day of the congress, it had been decided that the first modern Olympic Games would take place in 1896 in Athens, in the country of their birth. In a congress at the Sorbonne University, in Paris, held from June 16 to June 23, 1894 he presented his ideas to an international audience.
In his eyes, the recovery of the Olympic Games would achieve both of these goals. In 1890 he attended the Wenlock Olympian Society. Coubertin also thought of a way to bring nations closer together, to have the youth of the world compete in sports, rather than fight in war. He thought the reason was that the French had not received proper physical education, and sought to improve this. At the same time, Pierre, Baron de Coubertin, founder of modern Olympics, searched for a reason for the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871).
Over the next few centuries, similar events were organized in France and Greece, but these were all small-scale and certainly not international. The interest in reviving the Olympics grew when the ruins of ancient Olympia were uncovered by German archaeologists in the mid-19th century. Already in the 17th century a sports festival named after the Olympic Games was held in England. The Olympic Games did not die in 393. During competition for some of the events, many of the participants would use oils to keep their skin smooth, as well as provide an appealing luster to anyone who saw them.
Upon winning the games, the victor would get not only the prestige of being in first place but also a crown of olive leaves. Performers were usually naked, not only as the weather was appropriate but also as the festival was meant to be, in part, a celebration of the achievements of the human body. During the ancient times normally only young men competed. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Olympic Games were seen as a "pagan" festival threatening Christian hegemony, and in 393 the emperor Theodosius outlawed the Olympics, ending a thousand year period of Olympic Games.
The Games gradually lost in importance as the Romans gained power in Greece. The most famous Olympic athlete lived in these times: The sixth century BC wrestler Milo of Croton is the only athlete in history to win a victory in six Olympics. The Greeks used Olympiads as one of their methods to count years. The Games were held every four years, and the period between two celebrations became known as an Olympiad.
The number of events increased to twenty, and the celebration was spread over several days. Winners of the events were broadly admired and were immortalised in poems and statues. The Olympics were of fundamental religious importance, contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies honouring both Zeus (whose colossal statue stood at Olympia), and Pelops, divine hero and mythical king of Olympia famous for his legendary chariot race, in whose honor the games were held. From that moment on, the Games slowly became more important throughout ancient Greece, reaching their zenith in the sixth and fifth centuries BC. The Games were then mostly a local affair, and only one event was contested, the stadion race.
The first recorded celebration of the Games in Olympia was in 776 BC, although this was certainly not the first time they were held. One of these legends associates the first Games with the ancient Greek concept of εκεχειρία (ekecheiria) or Olympic Truce. The origin of the ancient Olympic Games has been lost, although there are many legends surrounding its origins. In detail: Ancient Olympic Games.
Originally these were held in the same year as the Summer Olympics, but starting with 1994 the Winter Games are in between, two years after the Games of the Olympiad. A special edition for winter sports, the Olympic Winter Games, was established in 1924. In 2004, the Olympics returned to their ancient home in Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad. The Games of the Olympiad, better known as the Summer Olympics, have been held every fourth year since 1896, with the exception of the years during the World Wars.
Originally held in ancient Greece, they were revived by a French nobleman, Pierre Frèdy, Baron de Coubertin in the late 19th century. The Olympic Games , or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every fourth year. ISBN 1-56171-199-3. Books.
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Olympic Stadium. Olympic mascot. Olympic Museum. Art competitions at the Olympic Games.
Paralympic Games. Deaflympic Games. International Society of Olympic Historians. Ancient Olympic Games.
Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) which take care of the organisation of a specific celebration of the Olympics. USOC, the NOC of the United States). National Olympic Committees (NOCs), which regulates the Olympic Movement within one country (e.g. FIFA, the IF for football (soccer)).
International Federations (IFs), the governing bodies of a sport (e.g.