Olympic Games and Rio 2016

This resource is a fully editable, simple text 95 slide PowerPoint presentation on the Olympic Games, their origin and development and on the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games held in August 2016. It is appropriate for younger / SEN pupils. The PowerPoint contains references to:

How the Olympics began in Ancient Greece and why they were held. The events that took place.

The banning of the games by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I.

The revival of the games by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 and the forming of the Olympic Committee.

The Olympic logo - the rings and their significance. The origins of, and the inspiration for, the ‘Olympic Creed’ and the ‘Olympic Motto - ’ Cistius, Fortius, Altius’.

The New Olympic Games in Athens - the events (which included the tug of war!) and competitors, the medals given - silver and copper. The absence of women from the first games.

The inclusion of women for the first time in the Olympic Games in the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.

Information on the 28 sports in the Rio Games.

Notable Olympic achievements - Usain Bolt’s Olympic records in 100 metres and 200 metres, Michael Phelps - the most ‘decorated’ Olympian with 22 Olympic medals, 18 of which are gold and Bob Beaman’s’ longest standing’ Olympic record for the long jump.

Interesting facts - the missing Japanese marathon runner who completed the marathon in 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds! The longest ever wrestling match lasting 11 hours and 40 minutes .

The stadiums and venues at Rio de Janeiro - Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro.

The significance of the Rio 2016 symbols, the Olympic flame and torch journey.

The resource also contains hyperlinks to:

Usain Bolt’s Olympic record-breaking 100-metre race in London 2012
Bob Beaman’s long jump
Dick Fosbury’s high jump technique, the Fosbury Flop’ which revolutionised the high jump.
The Olympic Mascots - Vinicius and Tom, the inspiration behind their design and naming (Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, the pioneers of the ‘bossa nova’ genre of music)

A slightly longer (106 slides), more detailed version of this resource is also available:

The Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Presentation

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Created: May 15, 2016

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