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www.reference.com/article/special-olympics-95fd9383375dcae1

More than 4.5 million athletes from 170 countries compete in 32 team and individual sports in the Special Olympics, which is the only organization the International Olympic Committee allows to use the name "Olympics." A subset of the Special Olympics, Special Olympics U...

www.reference.com/article/long-olympics-4d76b355060ed154

The modern summer and winter Olympic Games stretch across 16 or 17 consecutive days of competition. The summer games generally feature more countries competing in more events, because countries with a lack of cold weather often do not participate in the winter games.

www.reference.com/article/did-olympics-start-7378db93f2c5d5b0

The first Olympics were the ancient Grecian games held in 776 BCE, which means Before Common Era. The games were stopped in 393 CE, which means Common Era, and didn't start again until 1896.

www.reference.com/article/year-did-olympics-start-a0e84d4ea4f6f90a

The first modern Olympic Games occurred in the year of 1896. These games took place in Athens, Greece. There were athletes from 14 different nations in attendance.

www.reference.com/article/purpose-olympic-games-42539e7709604dd5

The Olympic games are held as a way of promoting good relations and tolerance among different races, cultures, nationalities and religions across the globe. The opening ceremony of the games is considered a spectacle by many since it features various displays of cultura...

www.reference.com/article/sports-winter-olympics-9ac4bd1421498529

Skating, ice hockey, curling, skiing, biathlon, luge and bobsleigh are the seven competitive sports in the Winter Olympic Games as of 2014. Skating, skiing and bobsleigh are each divided into several disciplines, and inside each sport or discipline, there are multiple e...

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The summer and winter Olympic games are each held once every four years on an alternating schedule, meaning there is an Olympics competition every two years. The modern Olympic games started with a four year cycle in 1896.