Introducing the Olympics to your Kids

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The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part.

The ancient Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece a long long time ago (8th century B.C. to 4th century A.D. for those that want to explain in detail)

When war broke out between Greece and Rome, the games were eventually cancelled.

…1,000 years later, the games were revived by the Greeks in 1859 – the first of the modern Olympic games, which grew to what we know as the Olympics today.

A leading international sporting event with thousands of the world’s best athletes competing in a wide variety of sports, like:

  • Archery

  • Basketball

  • Karate

  • Rowing

  • Surfing

  • Swimming

  • Taekwondo

  • Weightlifting

Countries around the world take turns to host each round of the Olympic Games that take place every 4 years. As the games evolved, the Winter Olympics focused on winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, Paralympics for athletes with disabilities, and Youth Olympics for athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old were introduced.

The Olympic Likable Inspiration | | Rings represent the unity of five inhabited continents.
The Olympic Rings represent the unity of five inhabited continents.

What does the Olympic Rings represent?

The Olympic Rings consist of five connected rings representing the unity of five inhabited continents – Africa, America, Asia, Oceania and Europe. The colours, blue, yellow, black, green and red were chosen as every nation had a least one of these colours on their national flag.

What is most important for the Olympics?

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

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Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad

Tokyo 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad

The Olympics was meant to take place in Tokyo, Japan in 2020 but due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed till July 2021. Unlike normal times where stadiums would be full of spectators, to minimise the spread of COVID-19, no spectators will be allowed for 2021.

  • Opening Ceremony: 9PM AEST on Friday, 23 July

  • Closing ceremony: 9PM AEST on Sunday, 8 August

  • Participating nations: 205

  • Athletes: 11,238+

  • Events: 339 in 33 sports

  • Motto: United by Emotion

Meet the official Tokyo 2020 Mascot

MIRAITOWA is the official Tokyo Olympics mascot, its name is based on the Japanese words mirai (future) and towa (eternity), representing the wish that the Tokyo 2020 (2021) Olympic Games will lead to a future of everlasting hope in the hearts of everyone around the world.

Miraitowa has a very cool special power, one that many of us would love to have, to instantly teleport anywhere it wants.

Where can I watch the Olympics?

  • Channel Seven

  • 7two

  • 7mate

  • Streaming platform 7Plus

You can find the schedule here:

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart (AEST) are one-hour ahead of Tokyo (JST)

Who is representing Australia?

487 Australian athletes have been chosen to represent Australia in 33 sports. Meet the team here:

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Australia has 154 Olympic Gold medals under its belt.

Is there a way to show our support?

Yes, Tokyo 2020 has created a virtual fan widget (clever!) Click the clapping hand to show your support. You can even capture a quick 5-seconds fan video. Switch between countries easily if you're supporting more than one. Try it here:

🥇 Is the Gold Medal really Gold?

The International Olympic Committee requires the gold and silver medal to contain at least 92.5% silver, the Gold medal must be plated with at least 6 grams of gold.

Bronze medals are bronze, an alloy of copper and usually tin.

All Olympic medals must be at least 3mm thick and at least 60mm in diameter.

🦘Has Australia hosted the Olympics?

Australia has hosted the Summer Olympics twice and will do so again in Brisbane 2032, officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad.

  • Melbourne 1956

  • Sydney 2000

  • Brisbane 2032

How many medals have Australia won in the Olympics?

Australia has won,

154 🥇gold medals,

168 🥈 silver medals, and

193 🥉bronze medals

Which Australian Athelete has won the most Olympic Gold medals?

🏊‍♂️ Ian Thorpe, a.k.a. "Torpedo" holds the record with 5 gold medals and 9 Olympic medals overall.

Good luck to all the competing athletes!! Have an amazing time and achieve your best out there 🍀