The Olympics is a fun event that allows even the most couchbound person to dream of athletic prowess and the unending glory of the medal podium. As we leave behind the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and look forward to the next games (see you in the summer of 2020 in Tokyo!), we’re reminded of just how effective the Olympics can be in terms of diplomacy and international friendship.
This year, North and South Korea marched under a flag of unity, and we saw individual athletes give their absolute peak performances in the hope of winning glory for their country. Let’s look back at some of the most memorable moments in the history of the Olympic games.
1. Female Athletes Allowed to Participate – Paris, 1900
During the ancient Olympic games, and the first few modern ones, women were not allowed to compete in this event since it was considered an expression of masculine strength and physical prowess.
The 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris were the first time that women were allowed to compete. Sailor Hélène de Pourtalès was the very first women ever to be awarded an Olympic trophy as the now standard gold, silver, and bronze medals weren’t instituted until 1928. At the time, women were only permitted to compete in sailing, tennis, golf, and croquet.