This Olympic Volleyball
The Olympic Volleyball Tournament took place at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and The Dome and Exhibition Complex which are both in Sydney. Even though Italy had never won an Olympic Gold at this event, they were still favourites having three World titles to their name. They beat Australia in the quarter final but lost in the semis to Serbia & Montenegro who went on to win Gold. They beat Russia in the final whilst the Italians had to settle for bronze and will have to wait another four years to try again. In the women's event, Russia took silver again but this time were beaten by Cuba. Brazil took the bronze medal. The Beach Volleyball event took place on the famous Bondi Beach which thrilled the huge crowd. It was an amazing party atmosphere as you would expect. And the locals weren't disappointed either. The top seeds were the Australian pairing of Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst (Wikipedia, 2013) . They defeated Brazil in a thrilling final, it was the stuff of fairy-tales. Brazil took silver in the Men's event too, but this time the gold went to the USA.The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last.
It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism.They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010) . In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport,catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.
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