Revival of the Olympics

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The idea was born much earlier from the Renaissance period, with its great interest in the ancient world. Hence the first Cotswold’Olimpick Games’ were held yearly in England in the early 17th century, aside from the Cromwellian period, and there were lots of similar events in other countries well before the first of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

An Olympic Association formed in southern Sweden organized its Games in a racecourse at Ramlösa (Helsingborg) in 1834, with four series of events that included jumping over a horse and climbing a mast, in addition to running a variety of distances. They were held on the exact nice summer’s day in July.

The first event was a sort of gymnastics competition, where there were seven competitions. He was granted not a laurel wreath, but a golden ring. This was followed by a race where an apprentice blacksmith finished before nineteen other runners, he was likewise rewarded, while the winner of the wrestling championship, where seven men took part, was given a silver jug.

Competitors in the last event needed to climb a slippery pole some 10m (33 feet ) high, with a silver cup moving into the first person to bring it down from its perch on top. However, the hearts of the audience went out to not the winner, but to a young boy who later shinned up the sterile pole in wonderful style, and they made a collection for him.

He originally meant to hold the Games every year, but waited until 1836 before attempting again. The events were the same, with the inclusion of a writing contest where people who entered had to compare the early Olympics with medieval tournaments as well as the viability of hammering combat sports.

Scharteau afterwards turned to Stockholm, where comparable Olympic events were scheduled for 1843 from the large open area called Gärdet. Unfortunately, they proved to be a dismal failure, not due to a lack of public support, but the reverse. They were too common! Much more people came than the officials anticipated or could deal with. Tickets were sold, but there were tens of thousands of gatecrashers and all ended in chaos. Additionally, the winner of this slippery mast-climbing event had only just got his prize when it had been snatched from him by one of the audiences, whereupon a new event was added to the program, a wonderful chase after the offender, who turned out to be a 14-year-old boy.

Scharteau did not attempt to maintain his Olympics again and sixty-nine years were to pass before Stockholm was the host city for Olympic Games once more. This time, however, they had been on a much grander scale and enjoyed much greater success.

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