History of the Winter Olympics – Lumen Student News

Today’s Fun Friday is part two of our Winter Olympics coverage as we present a brief history, and some of the most memorable moments of the winter games.

It is a time to celebrate athleticism, and the extraordinary capabilities of human beings displayed through a variety of sporting events from individuals from around the world. Would you believe this global competition has been celebrated for centuries?

According to mythology, the games were founded by the (Roman) Hercules, son of Zeus. The sporting festival was first documented in 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece. Back then, there was only one sporting event – a 192 meter footrace which was won by a cook named Coroebus – one of the first Olympians on record.