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Date: 16 August, 2004
'There is no need to worry about the amount of time you spend
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
click here to get a taste of Athens and find out more about
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.
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
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
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
I was surprised to discover that cruise ships
and rental of private homes will help to cover the accommodation
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
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
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
Sports coverage of the Olympics
news as it happens
official website of the Olympic Movement
official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games
official web site of the International Paralympic Committee
Paralympic Association web site
on past Olympic games
news for children
news continually updated from thousands of sources around the net
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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