Broadband and the Olympics
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Date: 16 August, 2004

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'There is no need to worry about the amount of time you spend online.'

Ray Hatley looks at what broadband users can do during the Olympics and offers his top ten Olympic websites

So you have got your Broadband connection installed - but what can you do with it? The real advantage of the Internet is that it does not recognize international boundaries and frontiers.

If you want to see what is happening in a particular city then it is really easy to click through to a web site that offers all the information you need.

This month we are going to use Broadband technology to explore the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and use the power of the internet to find out everything we can about them. Before we start just click here to get a taste of Athens and find out more about the city.

According to historic records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian Gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia, famous for its magnificent temples of the gods Zeus and Hera.

Abolished

The games continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius, in 393 AD, said they placed an excessive public focus on athletic and spiritual affairs and abolished them. Fortunately, in the 19th century, French Baron Pierre de Coubertin masterminded the re-establishment of the Olympics, leading to the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896.

After that very brief look at Olympic history, how can we find out about this year's participants - both two and four legged? Try clicking here where you can access CVs for the athletes You can browse the CVs alphabetically or search by National Olympic Committee and sport.

Behind every great athlete there is a superb coach. This link lets you know all the Olympic team coaches participating in ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games and find out interesting facts about their careers. Just click here

Horseplay

Remember: it isn't just the humans that are athletes… horses are equally tested in the Olympic equestrian events and their performances decide the success of the attempt. Get to know the horses participating in Athens Games by clicking here

During the Olympic Games, the city of Athens and surrounding districts will play host to thousands of athletes, officials, media representatives, sponsors, IOC members, and guests. This will place a tremendous strain on the accommodation resources of the area.

Some fortunate people will get the opportunity to attend the games in Athens as spectators and will require accommodation. If you would like to see what is on offer then click here

I was surprised to discover that cruise ships and rental of private homes will help to cover the accommodation shortfall.

Olympic Cities - Apart from Athens, four Greek cities - Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklio and Volos - have the rarely awarded honour of being Olympic Cities, since they will host football tournaments at Games-time find out more about the Olympic Cities by clicking here

Paralympics

It isn't just able bodied athletes who are preparing for the Olympics. It is also time for the Paralympics. The first Games for athletes with a disability were held in 1948 in Stoke Mandeville, England. Four years later, athletes from the Netherlands joined the Games; thus the international movement, now known as the Paralympic movement, was born.

For more information about Paralympics click here

The Olympics will receive a lot of attention from the world's news agencies and it is really easy to stay in touch with the latest action. The BBC offers world class coverage of the events and is easily my first choice but do remember to look at the excellent reports from around the world.

Enjoy the Olympics.

Top 10 Olympics Web Sites

BBC Sports coverage of the Olympics

Olympic news as it happens

The official website of the Olympic Movement

The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games

The official web site of the International Paralympic Committee

British Paralympic Association web site

Information on past Olympic games

Olympic news for children

Olympics news continually updated from thousands of sources around the net

Ancient Olympic Cyberhunt - a modern Olympic game!

Ray Hatley is the editor of www.history.uk.com and the broadband correspondent for the Brighton Evening Argus newspaper

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