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Compare the preparation and events of the Olympic games today with the Ancient Olympics.

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Introduction

Compare the preparation and events of the Olympic games today with the Ancient Olympics. In Ancient Greek times, the Olympics was a yearly event, which took the whole preceding year to prepare for. Today the Olympics take place every four years and we spend the 4 or 5 years leading up to it to prepare. The ancient Olympics lasted for 5 days but today the Olympics last 3 - 4 weeks. We prepare today, by cleaning the whole country/ town it is going to take place in, by advertising the event and even building a new airport, as they have done in Athens for the Olympics, which will be happening in 2004. In the ancient Olympics the events were held in the same place each year so they didn't need to put in as much effort as we do in modern day. However, courses did have to be dug and sand pits prepared, as well as general tidying up having to be done around the buildings and monuments.

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Today athletes wear the latest state of the art aerodynamic clothing to make them streamlined to give them the best performance in competitions. Another difference between the athletes is that in Ancient Olympics, only men could take part but today both men and women can compete, and there are different competitions for male and female competitors. The running events of the ancient Olympics were similar in a way to modern Olympics. They had all different length races - some long distance and some short distance, as we do today. But in the ancient Olympics they had a Race in Armour, which was a two-length race of which the athletes had to run in full war Armour. This was to keep the athletes fit for war. Another small, but significant difference between the events of the Olympics, is the way the athletes started the race. In the ancient Olympics, a competitor would stand with his arms stretched forward, one foot in front of the other, and toes in the groove holes in the marble start point.

Conclusion

Ancient wrestlers wore nothing, but anointed themselves with olive oil and then dusted powder on to them. They had very short hair or wore tight leather caps. In Greek boxing, there were also some similarities and some differences to modern boxing. The main aim, as it is today, was to punch the opponent to defeat. However, there were no rounds or points to fight for. They didn't wear gloves, as we do today. Instead they had thongs wound around their hands for extra protection for their knuckles. Most punching and attacking was allowed, but boxers couldn't gouge with the thumb. Unlike today, the boxing competitions didn't take place in a boxing ring. There were some events in ancient Olympics, which we do not have today. These include Chariot Racing and Mule cart racing. However, in ancient Olympics they didn't have hurdles or pole vaults as we do today. Overall, the Greek Olympics were more hard going and dangerous than today but today they aren't so much an event that everybody goes to or the highlight of the year.

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