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The Olympic Games:
Winter 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, was where the year 2002 Winter Olympics were held. For information on Utah, click here. For a page on Utah's flag, click here.
The year 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The opening ceremonies were on February 8, 2002. The closing ceremonies were on Sunday, February 24, 2002.

The events in the Winter Olympics include: ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, luge, bobsleigh, skeleton (a type of sledding), curling, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, slalom, downhill (Alpine) skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined (skiing plus ski jumping), and biathlon (skiing and shooting).

The Flag of the Olympic Games:
The flag of the Olympic Games has five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red) on a white ground. The rings represent the five parts of the world that were joined together in the Olympic movement: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. The motto of the Olympic Games is "Citius, altius, fortius" (meaning "Faster, higher, stronger" in Latin).

History of the Olympics Flag:
Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937), a French educator and sportsman, revived the Olympic Games in 1896. He designed the flag of the Olympics in 1913-1914.

The flag was first used in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic flag is paraded during the opening ceremony of each Olympic Games. At the end of an Olympics, the mayor of the host-city presents the flag to the mayor of the next host-city. The flag will remain in the town hall of the next host-city until the next Olympic Games, four years later.



Geography, maps, the flag, and printouts on Greece.
The Ancient Olympics:
The ancient Greeks held the first Olympic games in the year 776 BC, and had only one event. Every four years, for 1,170 years, the Greeks held an Olympics, which continued to grow and change. The Olympic games were banned by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II in the year AD 394.

The Torch of the Olympics:
For each Olympics, a new flame is started in the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia, Elis, Greece, using a parabolic mirror to focus the rays of the Sun. This flame begins its Olympic Torch Relay by touring Greece. The flame is then taken to the country where the games will be held (usually by airplane). The flame is then carried around the country where the games are to be held, using a series of torches carried by people running, walking, riding horses and camels, scuba diving, and using other means of human conveyance. The last runner uses a torch to light the large Olympic torch which burns throughout the games. The flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony. A new Olympic torch is designed for each of the games.

History of the Torch
The tradition of the Olympic flame began during the ancient Olympic Games, over 2700 years ago in Greece. A flame was lit for each Olympics, every four years, and burned throughout the games. The flame symbolized the death and rebirth of Greek heroes. There was no torch relay in the ancient Olympics. The first torch relay occured at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.

The Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Torch Relay
The Olympic flame was lit by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece (where the first Olympics were held). It arrived at Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, December 4, 2001, aboard a plane from Athens, Greece. The flame was used to light a cauldron from which the first torch was lit.

The first torch of this Olympics was lit by boxing great Muhammad Ali (Ali was a 3-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and also won the light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960). After lighting the first torch, Ali handed it to Peggy Fleming (who won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating in Grenoble, France, in 1968) for the start of the Olympic Torch Relay, which began at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 4, 2001.

The Olympic Flame was carried 13,500 miles (21,600 km) across 46 US states to Salt Lake City, Utah (on February 8, 2002), by 11,500 Torchbearers. The flame was carried on foot, by plane, train, ship, dog sled, horse-drawn sled, and snowmobile. Each torchbearer wore an official white uniform - this is an Olympic practice.

The Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Torch
The 2002 Olympic Torches are made of glass, silver and copper. They are designed to look like a mountain icicle, with the flame emerging from a frosted glass top. The motto of this Olympics, "Light the Fire Within," is written on each torch, along with the Salt Lake City Olympic logo.

Each torch is 33 inches long, 3 inches wide at the top and 0.5 inches wide at the bottom; they weigh about 3 pounds each. No two torches are exactly the same.

Olympics-Related Printouts and Activities:
Jesse Owens

One of the greatest track and field athletes of all time. Or go to the printable version.

The Olympic Flag - Color an Olympics flag and read about the man who revived the Olympics and designed its flag.

An Olympics Crossword Puzzle - see how many Olympics terms you know.

An Olympics Quiz to use with the Picture Dictionary Little Explorers. Print out the quiz, then find the answers online using Little Explorers. This is a fun scavenger hunt activity for students.

Jesse Owens, an Olympic athlete and one the greatest track and field athletes ever. Or go to a printable version.

Cloze Activity on Jesse Owens Do a fill-in-the-blanks activity on Jesse Owens. Or go to the answers.

The Sydney Olympic Torch

Invent A New Olympic Sport There are many unusual Olympic sports, like skeleton (running and then sledding), biathlon (skiing plus shooting), and curling (using brooms to propel an object over ice). Make up a new sport that would be fun to watch and play.

Olympics Online Coloring Pages:

The Olympic Flag

Medals to Print Out and Award to Kids:

Student Medals

Medals you can print, decorate, and award to students for outstanding performances in sports, spelling, math, and other subjects. Black-and-white or color printouts.
Student Medals

Medals you can print, decorate, and award to students for outstanding performances in sports, spelling, math, and other subjects. Black-and-white or color printouts.

Sites of the Modern-Day Olympics:
Locations of the Modern-Day Summer Olympics Locations of the Modern-Day Winter Olympics
1896 - Athens, Greece
1900 - Paris, France
1904 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1906 - Athens, Greece
1908 - London, England
1912 - Stockholm, Sweden
1916 - Canceled
1920 - Antwerp, Belgium
1924 - Paris, France
1928 - Amsterdam, Holland
1932 - Los Angeles, California, USA
1936 - Berlin, Germany
1940 - Canceled
1944 - Canceled
1948 - London, England
1952 - Helsinki, Finland
1956 - Melbourne, Australia
1960 - Rome, Italy
1964 - Tokyo, Japan
1968 - Mexico City, Mexico
1972 - Munich, Germany
1976 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1980 - Moscow, USSR
1984 - Los Angeles, California, USA
1988 - Seoul, South Korea
1992 - Barcelona, Spain
1996 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2000 - Sydney, Australia
2004 - Athens, Greece
2008 - Beijing, China
2012 - London, United Kingdom
2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2020 - Tokyo, Japan

1924 - Chamonix, France
1928 - St. Moritz, Switzerland
1932 - Lake Placid, New York, USA
1936 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1940 - Canceled
1944 - Canceled
1948 - St. Moritz, Switzerland
1952 - Oslo, Norway
1956 - Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1960 - Squaw Valley, California, USA
1964 - Innsbruck, Austria
1968 - Grenoble, France
1972 - Sapporo, Japan
1976 - Innsbruck, Austria
1980 - Lake Placid, New York, USA
1984 - Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1992 - Albertville, France
1994 - Lillehammer, Norway
1998 - Nagano, Japan
2002 - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
2006 - Turin, Italy
2010 - Vancouver, Canada
2014 - Sochi, Russia
2018 - PyeongChang, South Korea


The 2000 Sydney Olympic Torch

The Olympic Medals - Sydney 2000 - see the Australian and Greek imagery in the medals awarded to the winners.

Information on Greece, including maps, the flag, printouts, quizzes, and coloring activities.

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