Monday, 30 July 2012

Les jeux olympiques have started in London!

Les jeux olympiques or JO were re-introduced in 1896 by le baron Pierre de Coubertin in memory of the antique tradition and they took place in Athens.
The second JO happened, in total confusion, over 5 months, in Paris in 1900.

By 1920, the flag, le drapeau, with the 5 rings, les cinq anneaux, designed by Pierre de Coubertin appeared.
Les cinq anneaux, bleu, noir, rouge, jaune, vert linked together ( entrelacés) on a white background, un fond blanc, represent the five united continents and at least one colour of the 5 colours can be found on the national flags.

The first Winter olympics, les jeux olympiques d'hiver, took place in Chamonix in 1924.
The 1924 Olympics were again in Paris, but better organized this time and the motto, la devise, Citius, Altius, Fortius ( plus vite, plus haut, plus fort) ( faster, higher, stronger) was used.
1928 in Amsterdam saw the first olympic flame ( la flamme olympique) and the first relay of the flame ( le premier relais de la flamme) was introduced in Berlin in 1936.
Ludwig Guttman, a neurologist at Stoke Mandeville hospital near London put together the first paralympic games ( les jeux paralympiques) in 1948.
The best athletes win medals ( des médailles): médaille d'or, d'argent et de bronze.


On the second day of the games, France has won deux médailles d'or in swimming:
400m nage libre chez les femmes ( free swim for the women): Camille Muffat
Relais 4x100m chez les hommes.
We'll see what happens in the next few days.

If you wish to join a French course in Bristol or in Bath, have a look at the website. For more info...

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