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USA! USA! Come See Our Olympics Display!

January 21, 2014

Come see the new Olympic themed display in the Porter Henderson Library and check out our DVDs, Streaming Videos, Books, and more about the Olympics, Sports, and Athletes.

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin February 7 in Sochi, Russia, beginning a new chapter in Olympic Games history. The Games began in Greece nearly 3,000 years ago and included running, wrestling, boxing, the long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw. After Greece lost its independence to Rome, the Games were abolished in 400 C.E. because of their pagan rituals. The Games were revived in the late 19th century by Pierre, baron de Coubertin, and Dr. William Penny Brookes, who felt an international sporting event would spark new interest in physical education and international cooperation. However, since the first modern Games were held at Athens in 1896, they have been a magnet for attracting attention to divisive and turbulent global political issues. For example, Nazi propaganda dominated the Berlin Games of 1936. But in spite of the politicization of the Games, the organizers of the Olympics pursue initiatives with international peace as their goal. The Olympic Games are an opportunity to put aside our national differences and feel inspiration and pride for the discipline and talent Olympic athletes possess.

To learn more about the Olympics, check out our display with numerous books detailing the rich history of the Olympic Games in world culture. 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s. v. “Olympic Games,” accessed January 14, 2014,