Sex, Drugs, Rock
(3000 Years of the Olympics)
4th Oct 2012
is most appropriate to call Nicola Down’s talk the result of a marathon of
detailed research of the Olympic Games. During her talk entitled, Sex,
Drugs, and Rock and Roll (3000 Years of the Olympics) she covered a vast
amount of Olympic History.
in 776 BC the Greeks, who liked watching sport, organised the first Olympic games
with a 200 yd foot race, a sport for men only, who ran completely naked with
the exception of the Centurians who ran in their
uniforms. These games continued infrequently in
until the early 1800’s when an Olympic Committee was formed.
modern Olympics started in
in 1896 with just 43 events. In 1900 they were held in
where no medals were awarded. But in 1904 the Americans introduced Gold,Silver
and Bronze Medals for the games in
got its first games in 1908 when the distance for the Marathon, still used
today, was defined as 26.2 miles: this being the distance of the route from
plus two laps of the stadium finishing in front of the Queen’s Box.
then the Olympics have been held every four years with the exception of the
years of the two wars in
. Antwerp Games in 1920 saw the first raising of the Olympic Flag and in
1924 after a very bloody battle in Paris America won the Rugby Final and
owing to Rugby not being part of subsequent games they are still Olympic
Champions in that sport.
were allowed to compete in track and field events for the first time in
in 1928 and in the controversial games held in 1936 in
sex became an issue when men competed as women.
first games after the Second World War were held in
in 1948 but
were not invited and competitors were asked to bring their own food and
towels due to shortages
then the Olympics have been held every four years. The gender issue was
raised in 1964 and sex testing in 1968. The first womens
Marathon was in
in 1984 and about that time the problem of drugs was raised. Rock and Roll
has been with us since the Marathons were run in hot weather when
dehydration caused runners to rock, roll and stagger to the finish.
this really wonderful talk Nicola Down was thanked by Keith Foster
next talk is on Thursday 18th October at the
at 10-00am when one of our members John Hay will humorously tell us “
How to Tell a Joke”.