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."

Written by Lisa on July 26, 2012

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Gayla Tracey on July 27, 2012

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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!

Beth Alyea on December 31, 2017

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Is a special license needed to host 2018 Olympic viewing at libraries?

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Hi Beth, do you mean if the library had a party, would we need to get permission? I know that is the case if we show movies, but am unsure about something on TV.

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Thank you Lisa! I know to be careful with logos, etc but am still a bit confused about any live streaming...guess I'll err on the side of showing a movie with our license. Thank you!

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