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Racism is a virulent form of insanity. It makes people do stupid, self-defeating things. Consider the case of the Nazis and their preparation for the Olympics, held in Berlin. Among the best athletes preparing to compete was Gretel Bergmann, probably the finest female high jumper in the world.

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Only one small problem for the German track-and-field team: she was Jewish. So after the Nazis contrived to have her rejoin the team, apparently a response to American threats to boycott the Games, they did everything in their power to drive her off the team. Given the heady mix of sports, corruption and history, there should be plenty of thrills. However, he carries the development of the separate plotlines entirely too far into the film.

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Note, however, that the official numbering of the Winter Olympics does not count Olympiads—- it counts only the Games themselves. For example:. Some media people have from time to time referred to a particular e.

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Indeed, at least one IOC-published article has applied this nomenclature as well. However, the IOC does not seem to make an official distinction between Olympiads for the summer and winter games, and such usage particularly for the Winter Olympics is not consistent with the numbering discussed above. Some Olympic Committees often use the term quadrennium , which it claims refers to the same four-year period. However, it indicates these quadrennia in calendar years, starting with the first year after the Summer Olympics and ending with the year the next Olympics are held.

This would suggest a more precise period of four years, but, for example, the — Quadrennium would then not be exactly the same period as the XXVIIth Olympiad. A Cultural Olympiad is a concept protected by the International Olympic Committee and may be used only within the limits defined by an Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

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From one Games to the next, the scale of the Cultural Olympiad varies considerably, sometimes involving activity over the entire Olympiad and other times emphasizing specific periods within it. Baron Pierre de Coubertin established the principle of Olympic Art Competitions at a special congress in Paris in , and the first official programme was presented during the Games in Stockholm. Nowadays, while there are no competitions as such, cultural and artistic practice is displayed via the Cultural Olympiad. The English term is still often used popularly to indicate the games themselves, a usage that is uncommon in ancient Greek as an Olympiad is most often the time period between and including sets of games.

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This includes international science olympiads , such as the International Geography Olympiad , International Mathematical Olympiad and the International Linguistics Olympiad and their associated national qualifying tests e. In these cases Olympiad is used to indicate a regular event of international competition for top achieving participants; it does not necessarily indicate a four-year period. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of the Ancient Greeks.

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