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Olympic Games Vocabulary

Olympic ringsThese pages look at the language and vocabulary of the Olympic Games past and present, of the ideals that inspired them and of the people that realise them. Vocabulary is presented with example sentences.

The Ancient Olympics

Beginnings in Greece. Find out about the origins of the Olympic Games and its vocabulary.

The Modern Olympics

Olympic Games revived. Learn the vocabulary of the modern Olympics from 1896.

Summer Olympics Vocabulary

Words and vocabulary of the Summer Olympic Games

Summer Paralympics Vocabulary

Language of the Summer Paralympic Games

Winter Olympics Vocabulary

Language and vocabulary of the Winter Olympic Games

Winter Paralympics Vocabulary

Words and language of the Winter Paralympic Games

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Host Cities of the Olympic Games

A look at some the cities where the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been or will be held

Olympics Vocabulary Quiz

After learning the language of the Olympics on these pages, test your vocabulary with this quiz.

Olympics Comprehension Quiz

After reading about the Olympics on these pages, check your understanding with this quiz.

People of the Olympics

Learn the language and vocabulary around the athletes, trainers, officials and all the others who make the Olympics happen.

Olympic Dreams

What is it that inspires athletes from all over the world to spend years training for the Olympics?

The Olympic Spirit

Learn the vocabulary of the Olympic spirt, and what the Olympics Games are really meant to be about.

Contributor: Matt Errey