The Olympic Games has both modern and ancient history. It has also expanded to be separate Winter and Summer Olympics with a Paralympics for disabled people. Events have changed over the era of the modern Olympics and will continue to change in the future.
The Ancient Olympics ran for over a millenium, finishing in 393 BCE. The modern Olympics began in 1896. Separate Winter and Summer Olympics in different years commenced in 1994. They were previously held in the same year. Australia and Greece are the only countries to have attended summer games.
This page looks at The Olympic Movement internationally and in Australia, The Modern Olympics, athletes, drug problems, major incidents, more.
The Second Page looks at The Ancient Olympics, Winter Olympics, Paralympics, Mascots & Symbols, media and other information including education materials.
This information is left available for use as required and will be fully updated as future Olympic Games approach.
Australian Olympic Committees
- Australian Olympic Committee
‘The official website of the Australian Olympic Committee’. Includes education, Sports [summer, winter and discontinued], athletes & coaches, multimedia gallery and more.
- Australian Youth Olympic Festival
‘The Australian Youth Olympic Festival [AYOF] is fully funded by the Australian Olympic Committee and held biennially. After four very successful events in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007the AOC has committed to another AYOF in January 2009 and 2011’.
- London 2012
All the information about the Australian team, preparations and more.
International Olympic Movement
The governing body that runs the Olympics and all involved with this including the Presidents of the IOC.
- Members of The International
All current members [name/country/since when/Olympic participation if any], as well the original members, honorary members and some recent members. Wikipedia.
- Official Website of the Olympic Movement
Access a wealth of information, including the following.
‘List of all documents published on [the International Olympics Committee] website. Contains major reports, studies, publications including Fact Sheets and information regarding the Olympic Movement’.
‘Teaching Values, educational resources, other resources, more.
- Memorabilia, Numismatics &
‘Collecting items commemorating the Olympic Games is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it started with the first Games of the modern era in 1896’. An extensive collection.
‘Find news including events, calendars and live results from sporting events’.
Download Olympic record details for a range of sports. Find Winter Olympic Records here.
- The International Olympic Committee
‘The IOC guarantees the promotion of Olympism and the smooth running of the Games in accordance with the Olympic Charter. Discover in detail the structures, missions and financing of this prominent institution’.
- Youth Olympic Games
You can also find a range of Documents here covering the last several games and more.
- Video Galleries
Use the various filters to narrow your search.
- Olympic Museum, Lausanne
‘Discover the Olympic Museum with its wealth of memories which will keep your passion for Olympism burning’.
- Presidents of the International Olympic Committee
Information on the eight IOC Presidents since 1894.
- Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games
In February, the Youth Olympic Games will be held in Norway. This is the main site. Details about the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, held at the same time, are found here.
Rio de Janeiro, 2016
- Rio 2016
The ‘Australian Olympic Committee’ site for this games. A Australian Team - Rio 2016 is found here.
- Rio 2016 Olympics & Paralympics
The official home page for all things for this event. The Olympic Games information is found here, while a listing of the Olympic Sports is provided here.
- Rio de Janeiro 2016
‘Official website of the Olympic Movement’ for the summer Olympics and the Paralympics.
- Rio de Janeiro 2016 - Australian Paralympic
Find links to other sites and information about selection, competition venues and more.
- London 2012
- About the Sydney 2000 Games
Significant archival database of all things to do with the Sydney Olympics, collated and provided via links.
- A History of the Olympics
Information provided about each modern Olympics.
- Olympic Games since 1986
Covers summer and winter games. Choose a date/city and find information including athletes, emblems, medals, posters, torch, applicants, highlights, special features [see a unique one for Melbourne 1956].
- Summer Olympics Through The Years
Information on sports, medal winners, standings as well as other information for all summer Olympics. Also all-time medal winners in various groupings and all-time Medal Standings.
Sites of the Modern Olympics
- Beijing 2008
An official site for the summer Olympic Games.
- Candidate Cities for Future Olympic
‘This is a list of potential candidate cities for future Olympic Games, and other Olympic-Related games. Some have been confirmed and have official websites, most are either rumours or cities that are contemplating’. Extends to 2024.
‘The purpose of our publication is to keep readers independently informed and up-to-date with information about the Olympic Bid process and candidate city bids from around the world. Bids have a major impact on the future of the bid cities and it is important that everyone be informed and involved’.
The Bumpy Road to The Olympics
Boycotts, Scandals, Obstacles & Disasters. This does not include those on drug use, which you will find in a section below.
- 1976 Montreal Olympics Boycott
‘The 1976 Montreal Olympic games were quite controversial as they were marred with boycotts, due to the fact that New Zealand was taking part within the Olympics after creating ties with South Africa which was in an apartheid era’.
- A History of Boycotts of the Olympic
Covers a range of boycotts, and proposed boycotts, up till 2014.
- American-led Boycott, 1980 Summer
‘The American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow was a part of a package of actions to protest against the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan’. An alternative event called the Liberty Bell Classic was held in Philadelphia, USA. Wikipedia.
- Olympic Boycott Games
‘Alternative events were arranged for those nations boycotting the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games’. The results for each are provided here.
- Soviet-led Boycott, 1984 Summer
This ‘followed the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow’. 14 Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the games. A separate games, called the Druzhba [Friendship] Games were held. Wikipedia.
- 1916 Summer Olympics
Basic information on these games, which did not go ahead because of World War I. Originally to have been held in Berlin. Their organisation continued for some time as it was not believed the war would last that long. Wikipedia.
- 1940 Summer Olympics
Basic information on these games, which did not go ahead because of World War II. Originally to have been held in Tokyo, they were transferred to Helsinki before being cancelled. Wikipedia.
- 1944 Summer Olympics
Basic information on these games, which did not go ahead because of World War II. Originally to have been held in London, which gained the 1948 games without an election being held. Wikipedia.
- Civil Disobedience
‘The photographs of two black American sprinters standing on the medal podium with heads bowed and fists raised at the Mexico City Games in 1968 not only represent one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history but a milestone in America’s civil rights movement’.
- Cheating at the Paralympic
‘Cheating at the Paralympic Games has caused scandals that have significantly changed the way in which the International Paralympic Committee run the events. Testing for performance.enhancing drugs has become stricter and more widespread throughout the Games, with powerlifting seeing the most positive results. Competitors without disabilities have also competed in some Paralympic Games’. Wikipedia.
- List of stripped Olympic Medals
‘The International Olympic Committee [IOC] is the governing body that can rule when athletes are in violation of rules in the Olympic Games. Nearly all of the stripped medals involve infractions stemming from doping and drug testing’. A few have been returned, e.g. Jim Thorpe [70 years later, and after he had died].
- Munich Massacre
‘The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by Black September. By the end of the ordeal, the terrorist group had murdered eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and one German police officer. Five of the eight terrorists were killed by police officers during an abortive rescue attempt’. Wikipedia.
- 1904 Marathon
Strychnine, travelling by car, some chased away from the race by dogs, and this was only part of the fiasco. Another site covering the same topic is Olympic Follies, sub-titled ‘Amateur glory of Olympics in the early twentieth century upheld in wacky marathon’.
- Olympic Torch Protest 
News, online video and several links to additional sources.
- Winter Olympic Bid Scandal 2002
Extensive details, from previous unsuccessful bids on, with links to further information. Wikipedia.
Drugs and the Olympics
Includes information about drugs, the bodies designed to catch users and some known examples of drug usage.
- Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority [ASADA]
Absolute wealth of information on every aspect of doping in sports and attempts to prevent or catch this.
- Court of Arbitration for Sport
‘The Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] is an institution independent of any sports organisation which provides for services in order to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world’. Covers appeals against suspensions for drug-related offences as well as other areas.
- World Anti-Doping Agency
‘Established on 10 November 1999 in Lausanne to promote and co-ordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC’. A second site for information can be found at Wikipedia.
- Anti-Doping Resources
- Doping at the Olympic Games
‘The International Olympic Committee introduced the first doping controls at the Olympic Games in 1968. Here is the list of all the athletes disqualified from the Games for failing drug tests, with the indication of the withdrawn medal[s], if any’.
- Doping in Sport
While covering many areas, it covers several related to the Olympics, including the use of strychnine in 1904, the use of benzedrine [suggested at the 1936 Berlin Olympics], testosterone and steroids in weightlifting as early as the 1950s, the case of East German athletes, the 2002 Winter Olympics and more. From Wikipedia.
- Drugs in Sport
‘Modern sport is plagued by suspicions that many top athletes resort to drug-taking - doping - to enhance their performance, but this is not a new phenomenon. Its origins can be traced as far back as the ancient Olympics’.
- IAAF provisionally suspends Russian Member Federation
While there is a chance Russian athletes will be able to compete at this year’s Olympic Games, there is considerable doubt as a result of this suspension.
- Ben Johnson
Probably the most famous doping case until recent years. Covers complete background to the discovery and events that followed. Additional references and external links. From Wikipedia.
- Marion Jones
Covers her career, the use of drugs, other difficulties, achievements, notes, references and links to further information. You could also use this site for a briefer presentation.
A limited collection of notable Olympians. Those included not only gained outstanding achievement, but made a lasting imprint because of who they are/were and what he/she did. Present day athletes are not included as they will be covered at the time of the Olympics.
- Australian Olympian Search
‘This dedicated Australian athlete search engine provides users with the opportunity to search for any Australian athlete within the AOC athlete database. Type in the athletes name and/or select from the Any Games or Any Sport drop down menus’.
- Australian Olympic Champions
A listing of all Australia’s gold medal winners at every Olympics.
- Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton [Swimming]
- Betty Cuthbert [Athletics]
- Edwin Flack [Athletics]
- Dawn Fraser [Swimming]
- Cathy Freeman [Athletics]
- Michael Milton [Skiing, Paralympics]
- ‘Oarsome Foursome’ [Rowing]
- Bill Roycroft [Equestrian]
- Louise Sauvage [Athletics, Paralympics]
- Shirley Strickland-de la Hunty [Athletics]
- Ian Thorpe [Swimming]
- Astylos of Croton
- Chionis of Sparta
- Cynisca [Female]
- Diagoras of Rhodes
- Kleitomachos of Thebes
- Leonidas of Rhodes
- Melankomas of Caria
- Milo of Croton
- Polydamas of Skotoussa
- Theagenes of Thasos
Medal winners and other athletes.
- Abebe Bikila [Athletics]
- Nadia Comaneci [Gymnastics]
- Sonja Heine [Skating]
- Janica Kostelic [Skiing]
- Spyridon Louis [Athletics]
- Christa Luding-Rothenburger [Skating/Cycling]
- Paavo Nurmi [Athletics]
- Al Oerter [Athletics]
- Jesse Owens [Athletics]
- Mark Spitz [Swimming]
- Daley Thompson [Athletics]
- Jim Thorpe [Athletics]
- Alberto Tomba [Skiing]
- Jane Torvill/Christopher Dean [Ice Dancing]
- Emil Zatopek [Athletics]
- Olympic Games Medallists
‘This compilation includes a complete list of medallists in all sports [those no longer on the programme are in italics]. In 1896 and 1900 winners were awarded Silver medals and runners-up Copper or Bronze medals [with no awards for third], however are still shown as Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists for consistency with later years. The status of many events held in 1900 and 1904 is questionable’.
- Olympic Medal Winners
From the IOC. Search by name or access the complete database. You can also access profiles of 300+ athletes, including a number of Australians. Available in alphabetic groupings.
- Summer Olympics Legends
Online Reading lessons, with an online book covering 5 famous Olympians [limited vocabulary] and lesson plans.