LET THE PARTIES BEGIN - WATCHING THE SUMMER OLYMPICS

LET THE PARTIES BEGIN - WATCHING THE SUMMER OLYMPICS
LET THE PARTIES BEGIN - WATCHING THE SUMMER OLYMPICS LET THE PARTIES BEGIN - WATCHING THE SUMMER OLYMPICS

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BCE in order to honor Zeus, while showcasing Greece's finest athletes and promoting goodwill among Greek cities. The event lasted for one day and consisted of a foot race for men only, who competed in their birthday suits and were coated in olive oil.

Today, more than 9 million spectators will watch over 10,000 athletes (nicely attired and oil-free) from more than 200 countries compete in everything from springboard diving to table tennis. Here are some tips for following the action and planning your own Olympic celebrations.

The opening ceremony (6:30 p.m. Denver time on Channel 9) promises to be spectacular. Slum Dog Millionaire director Danny Boyle conceptualized the theme "Isles of Wonder" and we'll see mosh pits, chickens, sheep, Paul McCartney and the controversial uniforms of the U.S. athletes.

KUSA Channel 9 is the local affiliate covering the event, and they've put together the Olympic Zone, a fun webpage that features Colorado athletes (see video interview with gymnast John Orozco below), slideshows, TV listings, results and schedules, medals, and how to watch online (you must sign in with your cable or satellite provider).

If you plan to watch with friends, be sure to check out Squidoo's Olympic-themed party ideas, complete with invitations, games, costumes and menu ideas (including Olympic torch popcorn). Need some tunes for your party? Visit NPR's "Know-It-All's Guide to Olympic Music."

Comments

Thank you Lisa this is lovely since I was quite concerned about what to wear for the Olympic party and you've put that worry to rest!

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