The Olympic Games
Sports enthusiast or not, you’re likely to feel something special in the air when the Olympic Games roll around. Whether you prefer to sit back on the couch and watch runners whiz around the track on TV or you feel compelled to see it all live, the Web sites we’ve collected will help you plan your Olympic experience.
Depending on whom you ask, the Olympic games are a celebration of athleticism and sportsmanship, a chance for the world to come together peacefully for competition and camaraderie, or a farce littered with commercialism and drug-abusing athletes—a shadow of what the Games once represented. On the Web, you’ll learn who’s in charge of organizing and standardizing the Games today, and you can get the scoop on the Olympic Movement.
- The International Olympic Committee, known as the IOC, is the international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that supervises the organization of the Summer and Winter Games. You’ll see the IOC referenced frequently, along with the term Olympic Movement, which refers to all organizations that follow the IOC’s standards.
For general information …
MSN Encarta Encyclopedia
provides a basic definition of the Olympic Games. You’ll learn how different countries and athletes become involved in both the summer and winter ceremonies, as well as how the event has been affected by political turmoil and racial tension. Recent developments are also included in this clearly written chapter.
For Olympics organizing bodies …
is the official site of the Olympic Movement, which gathers followers of the Olympic Charter who recognize the International Olympic Committee. You’ll learn about the movement’s mission and purpose and be introduced to the structure of each international committee and organization involved. Visuals, such as interactive charts, aid the explanation.
The United States Olympic Committee
explains how various organizations, international federations, and national governing bodies help oversee the Games. Especially of note is the role of the International Olympic Committee, which sets the schedule for Winter and Summer Games and determines which sports to omit or include.
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