Olympic Games

The Greek National Anthem is played at every Olympics.

If your country wins a gold medal, they'll play your country's National Anthem.

INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION:
The first Olympic Games are said to have begun in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece!  There were fewer events and only men could compete.  Check here http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Olympic_Games for more information on the Ancient Olympic Games. 

For a simple history of the Modern Olympic Games try here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games

The Olympic Games are an international, multi-event sports competition held every four years.  The events are separated into the Summer and Winter Games that are hosted by different countries every two years.   I was inspired to make this Theme Day by a childhood memory.  My sister and two of my cousins created our own backyard Olympics for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. We made paper medals and chose our countries (I chose Romania for some reason) and then competed in our own events (the swing set hang, a long distance race down the street, standing broad jump, and so on).  My sister and I fondly remember that day and I wanted my kids to have their own Olympic childhood memories. 

Interested in Learning more about your country's national anthem?  Click on this link that I found: http://www.nationalanthems.info/ 

Being a celebration of both sports and national identity, the music of the Games features more anthems and hymns rather than songs.

I am not a huge sports fan and rarely will you find me watching any sort of game or event on television but come Olympic time I cannot get enough!   I’m not sure what it is about the Olympics, maybe the International Unity, but I absolutely love watching Olympic sports! Fortunately for me my kids enjoy it, too, and the Olympic Printables (below) will make it especially fun.  Even if you or your family are not sports fans you may be inspired to watch an event or two by having an Olympics Theme Day.

Print out the
Family Theme Day Planner and decide which activities you’d like to do and in what order.

The Olympic Hymn is also informally known as the Olympic Anthem and was composed by Spyridon Samaras with the lyrics by Greek poet Kostis Palamas. 

Perhaps the most well known sound of the Olympic Games belongs to the tune known as Olympic Anthem: Bugler’s Dream or Olympic fanfare, composed by Leo Arnaud.

The Torch Relay from the 2010 Winter Olympics goes through our town!

Olympic Stadium 1992 Summer Games

Barcelona, Spain

MUSIC:

Here are the prominent anthems of the Olympics.

Muse - Survival - London 2012