What are the chances that you could become an Olympic athlete? As of today, the US is sending 621 athletes across 36 sports to Tokyo. While historians are not known for our math skills, this intern has calculated that one has a 0.00019% chance of becoming an Olympian. But look on the bright side, according to USA swimming your chances to become a US Olympic swimmer or diver are hovering at an *attainable* 0.00013%. Against these odds, 10,931 men and women from the U.S. have gone on to represent the Stars and Stripes on the Olympic stage. This blog will go on to recognize and celebrate the Olympians that have been produced locally.
The Tokyo Olympics are almost upon us! But how much do you know about the history of the games?
Greece’s Ancient Olympic Games were held at the temple of Zeus in Olympia, hence why they are known as the Olympic games. Meant as a religious festival to honor Zeus, every four years the warring Greek City-States were meant to lay down their arms for the sporting event. While the ceasefires never really happened, the Olympic games were a message of peace in a time of war.
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