1. The ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 472 BC; Also called: Olympian Games.
2. The modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country; Also called: Olympics, Olympiad.
Sporting contests originally held in Olympia, ancient Greece, every four years during a sacred truce; records were kept from 776 BC. Women were forbidden to be present, and the male contestants were naked. The ancient Games were abolished AD 394. The present-day games have been held every four years since 1896. Since 1924 there has been a separate winter Games program; from 1994 the winter and summer Games are held two years apart.
The first modern Games were held in Athens, Greece. They were revived by Frenchman Pierre de Fredi, Baron de Coubertin (1863–1937), and have been held every four years with the exception of 1916, 1940, and 1944, when the two world wars intervened. Special tenth-anniversary Games were held in Athens 1906. At the first revived Games, 311 competitors represented 13 nations in nine sports. At Seoul, South Korea, in 1988, nearly 10,000 athletes represented 160 nations in 23 sports, plus demonstration sports like tenpin bowling, baseball, and tae kwon do (a form of martial arts). The Olympic flag bears the emblem of five colored rings (red, yellow, blue, black, and green), representing the five continents.
Svečane narodne igre kod starih Grka koje su se svake četiri godine održavale u Olimpiji, predelu u Elidi koji je bio posvećen Zevsu; u ovim igrama učestvovala su sva grčka plemena, a sastojale su se od utakmica u borenju, trčanju, skakanju, bacanju koplja itd.
Međunarodne utakmice u svim glavnim granama sporta.