Topic 124 Olympic Spirit    27 August 2021


1. What is the true 'Olympic spirit' ?

2. Who is an example of a good loser? In Australian culture, a really strong value is to be a 'good loser'. A good loser is someone who doesn't complain about losing, but genuinely congratulates the winner. This is also called good sportsmanship.

3. What are the good and the bad things about the Olympic Games?

4. Why do you think the world had no Olympic Games for 1503 years after 393 AD? [Although the ancient Games were staged in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BC through 393 AD, it took 1503 years for the Olympics to return. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896]

5. Are big spectator sports a way to replace war between countries?

6. Do you like to play sports or do gym workouts .... or do you just like to watch professionals play sports? Why?

7. What is your favourite sport? What is good about it?

8. Australia has quite a small number of people (25 million) but it was one of the top medal winners in the Tokyo Olympics. Why is Australia so successful at Olympic sports? [Australia in Tokyo 2021 : 17 gold & 45 total medals]

9. The 2032 Olympic Games will be held in Brisbane. How do you think Brisbane should prepare for this huge event?

10. Was the Tokyo Olympics a success? Why do you think it was/wasn't successful? China will have the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022. What problems will Beijing face with the Winter Olympics? Tokyo was very unlucky to suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time as the Tokyo Olympics, but the games did go on without spectators.

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Topic 124 Olympic Spirit ©Thor May 2021