What Events are featured at the Olympic Summer Games?
The Summer Olympic Games, a multinational competition that occurs every four years, encompasses forty three different sports. The International Olympic Committee awards three winners of each event according to their performance. For instance, first place receives a gold medal, silver for second place, and bronze for third. Not only has the Summer Olympics drawn international attention from the world's finest athletes, it has grown into a tradition that continues in stride since 1904. In fact, the success of the Summer Olympics led to the formation of the Winter Olympics. Some of the sports of the Summer Olympic Games include:
- Martial arts
- Field Hockey
The Summer Olympics increased from a mere forty-two event competition to a massive three hundred event sporting celebration that includes over ten thousand competitors from over two hundred nations. The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics projected roughly ten and a half thousand competitors to participate in one of its three hundred and two sporting events. The 2012 Summer Olympics hosted in London, England, projects an estimated two hundred and five nations to be participating. In addition, the Intentional Olympic Committee estimates that roughly ten and a half thousand dual gender athletes with compete in one of its three hundred and two sporting events.
The United States has hosted more Summer Olympic Games than any other nation, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, and Greece. In fact, the United States garnered international attention for more than its fair share of gold medals. In 1996, Eric Robert Rudolf planted and detonated a pipe bomb at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The United States has taken precautionary measures when hosting sporting events on U.S. soil, especially after the September 11th terrorist attacks that paralyzed the entire world. Other countries that have hosted the Summer Olympics include Belgium, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, China, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and the Soviet Union (Russia). The International Olympic Committee has extended its invitation to South America, where it will launch its first ceremony at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Great Britain is the only country to have won at least one gold medal at each Summer Olympic Games; however, the United States currently holds the highest number of gold, silver, and bronze medals. The USSR, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, China, Hungary, East Germany, and Sweden all follow in succession.
Follow these links to learn more about the sporting events hosted at the Summer Olympic Games:
- The Official List of Olympic Sporting Events
- The Summer Olympics
- American Women and the Modern Summer Olympic Games (PDF)
- 2012 Summer Olympic Sporting Events
- The Sporting Events of the XXIX Olympiad
- The Impact of the Summer Olympics on its Host City (PDF)
- Go for the Gold!
- Denise Lewis Heptathlon
- Olympic Women