2016 Summer Olympics In Brazil – English Reading Lesson

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are in Brazil!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are in Brazil!

Key Vocabulary

Olympics is a noun and always plural. The Olympics is an event which is a “set of Olympic games,” so the event is called the Olympics.

  • I like to watch the Olympics not, I like to watch the Olympic.
  • This summer the Olympics are in Brazil.
  • Do you like to watch the Olympics?

Olympic is an adjective and used before a noun:

  • That woman is an Olympic figure skater.
  • I like to watch Olympic
  • What is your favorite Olympic event?

The Story

The first Olympic games were held in Greece around 3,000 years ago. Many of the games were held in Olympia, which is a historical town in the western side of the country. Then the games were held to honor Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder.

In 1896, the first modern Olympic games were held in Athens, the capital of Greece. Athletes from 14 countries participated in 9 different Olympic events including athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. Only men were allowed to take part in the Olympics that year. In 1900, the Olympics were held in Paris and there, women could compete in some events. Since those days, the Olympics has been held every four years except during the First and Second World War.

This summer, 28 Olympic sports will be played by both men and women in Brazil, which is the first country in South America to host the Olympics. The Olympic soccer tournament starts on August 3rd and the rest of the games will be held from August 5th to the 21st. The Brazil Olympics has a cute mascot named Vinicius, which was named to honor a famous Brazilian musician, Vinicius de Moraes.

Golf and rugby sevens are two newish sports in the Olympics this summer. Golf hasn’t been played in the Olympics for 112 years and rugby sevens, which is a faster and shorter version of the game hasn’t been played in the Olympics since 1924.


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