Summer Series #5: 2012 Olympics in London

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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I’ve got to say, I just love the Olympics. There is such a positive vibe around them and I feel like we are all united in Canada. It is so inspiring that countries from around the world can come together and take part in this amazing event. The Olympics showcases the talents of a variety of sports that do not always get the most attention from the media. Some Olympic sports like handball and basketball are offered at YMCA Calgary, so you can also play these sports in a friendly environment.

The first recorded Olympics was in 776 BCE, although it is believed that they have been going on for even longer. According to mythology, Heracles, (the Roman Hercules) founded the Olympic games. For the next 1200 years, these games would take place every fourth year. During the Roman Empire, an emperor decided to get rid of the Olympics because of its pagan influences. It wasn’t until approximately 1500 years later that the Olympics were brought back; after studying German, British and American Students, a French aristocrat decided that a well-rounded person had sports in their life. After much convincing he created a sports organization, and so came the revival of the Olympic Games.

I look forward to cheering the athletes on and participating in the international community encouraging on the teams. The opening ceremonies were phenomenal and so far, all the athletes have been performing really well.

Go Canada, Go!

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