Ancient Olympic Games
In the Ancient Olympics only men were allowed to take part.
They had to be Greek men.
Women were not even allowed to go and watch the Games.
The Games were local and involved only a few athletes.
Athletes came to
and trained full-time for ten months.
Modern Olympic Games
The 2004 Olympics in Greece are open to all races and both sexes.
Athletes from all over the world can take part.
Women are allowed to enter and visit.
The 2004 summer Olympics in
will involve 10,500 athletes in twenty-eight sports and a variety of individual events.
Athletes have to win competitions at home and be in full training before they go to the Olympics to represent their country.
This site was last updated 07/09/04