What is the difference between ancient Olympics and modern Olympics?


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There are a number of differences between the ancient Olympic Games and modern Olympic Games, such as the fact that the ancient Olympics were held in Olympia while the first modern Olympics were held in Greece. During the modern Olympics, many events like skiing and bobsledding occur during a separate Olympic Games that occur during the winter. During the ancient Olympics, only warm-weather events took place.

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The Olympic games are believed to have occurred in 776 B.C. in Olympia around the time of the birth of Homer. The ancient Olympics permitted only people of Greek descent to participate. Because of this limitation, only a few people were able to participate. The modern Olympics is open to all types of participants.

During the ancient Olympics, only the male athletes were allowed to take part in the games. In the modern Olympics, both male and female athletes are allowed to participate.

In the ancient Olympics, only the winners would be recognized out of all of the men who participated. In the modern Olympics, there are several medal winners who are recognized for each individual and team event, receiving gold, silver and bronze medals.

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