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Olympic Games

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Introduction:
In my previous speech about the Olympic Games, I introduced the topic and gave a brief history including the first recorded Olympics, how the International Olympic Committee was formed, and the first Winter Olympic games. In this speech, I am going to cover a little more history and some records that have contributed to the athletic showcase we know today.

Main Points:
* When I think of the Olympics, one of the first images to pop into my head is the Olympic rings. The interlocking colors of blue, yellow, black, green, and red presented on a white background symbolize peace and unity among the competing nations. * According to the historian Karl Lennantz, the logo of the Olympic rings was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics as I mentioned in my previous speech. He was inspired from, of all things, an ad in a magazine for bike tires which were arranged in the pattern seen in the logo today. * This symbol was inaugurated as the official logo for the Olympic games in June of 1914. * Most of the world associates this symbol with the excitement and the prestige of the Olympic games. * Perhaps the other symbol of significance at the Olympics is the gold medal. * According to Time Magazine author Claire Suddath, the history of the giving champions a medal does not start with the first Olympics in 776 BC, but rather during the first modern Olympics in 1896. * Winners were given a silver medal.

* According to Heather Wheeler, the first actual gold medal was presented during the 1904 Olympic games is St. Louis, MO. * Today’s gold medals are actually silver covered in gold and they almost always depict Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. * All this talk of the medals and awards leads me to talk about the records and achievements that some Olympic athletes have accomplished. * During the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, history was made in the pool. * In the...