Origin of Olympian
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What does olympian mean?
An olympian is an athlete who competes (or has competed) in the Olympic Games (popularly called the Olympics), an international athletic competition featuring multiple sporting events between athletes representing their country. The word is often capitalized.
There are two related but separate events called the Olympics: one hosted in winter, called the Winter Games, and one hosted in summer, called the Summer Games (they are commonly called the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics). The Winter Olympics feature winter sports, including figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and many others. The Summer Olympics feature traditionally warm weather and indoor sports, like track and field, gymnastics, swimming, and basketball, among many others.
Olympians are often considered the best athletes in the world, and winning a medal—or simply being an olympian—is considered one of the peaks of athletic achievement.
The modern Olympics are based on an ancient Greek festival and competition that’s also referred to as the Olympic Games, and competitors in these games are also referred to as olympians.
Especially when it’s capitalized, the word Olympian can also be used in reference to the gods of Greek mythology, who were believed to inhabit Mount Olympus. It can be used as a noun referring to one of the gods or as an adjective to describe things involving them or resembling them. Sometimes, it’s used more generally to mean about the same thing as majestic.
Where does olympian come from?
The ancient Greek Olympic Games are thought to have been first held in 776 b.c.e., and they were held regularly—often every four years—until the 4th century c.e. They get their name from the fact that they were held in a place known as Olympia, the plain of Mount Olympus. The ancient Olympic Games featured a number of athletic competitions—some of which are still events today, such as discus—but they were also a major religious festival (hence their location, since Mount Olympus was believed to be the realm of the gods).
In 1892, French scholar Pierre de Coubertin began a movement to reinstate the Olympic Games as a global event. In 1896, the first global modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. Today, the Olympics host thousands of olympians from more than 90 countries.
What are some terms that often get used in discussing olympians?
How are olympians discussed in real life?
Many Olympic events are widely considered the pinnacle of athletic competition, and olympians are often considered the best athletes in the world.
They asked me, “How did you know you had what it took to become an Olympian?”
My answer: “My mom always told me I had it within me. And ‘mom is always right’. She never let me NOT believe it.”
Happiest of Birthdays to you Momma! May this week of skating be our gift to you. pic.twitter.com/OXpL8QVxlX
— Alexa Knierim (@alexa_knierim) March 19, 2018
On July 7th 2005, I told myself that one day I would become an Olympian. Today is the day that I can finally say I will be going to the Tokyo Olympics to take part in the 400m!
— Ricardo Dos Santos (@RDSS400) July 7, 2021
Happy national Olympic day to all my fellow Olympians out there 😊🏆 I’m very proud to call myself an Olympian. I didn’t get the result I was after but reaching the Olympics is a massive achievement & the pinnacle in any sport. pic.twitter.com/10EOdZhjxE
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorBoxer) July 6, 2021
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The word olympian is ultimately based on the name of Mount Olympus.
How to use Olympian in a sentence
After just two minutes with her, I knew that I wanted to become an Olympian.Lindsey Vonn Names America's Next Great Downhiller|Lindsey Vonn|April 1, 2021|Outside Online
It’s been an era of increased visibility in the media, led by Caitlyn Jenner’s 2015 announcement that the former Olympian was transitioning.
People can take your American record away, but never the status of being an Olympian.
I think it’s because people who know nothing about running still know what an Olympian is.
Tracksmith running experts Nick Willis, a two-time Olympian, and Mary Cain, 3000 meter World Junior Champion.
Olympian Kevin Jackson later accused du Pont of firing him from Team Foxcatcher for being black.
The double amputee Olympian is charged with the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
But her immediate response to being unable to compete—“Am I still an Olympian?”What’s a Key to Victory in Sochi? Coming So Close to Defeat.|Kevin Bleyer|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If he does, he will be the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.
Olympian Daley received a deluge of goodwill messages after announcing he was in a gay relationship last December.England’s Women’s Soccer Captain Casey Stoney Comes Out|The Telegraph|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Directors were to us junior clerks, remote personalities, mythical beings dwelling on Olympian heights.
And lo, this Olympian being, this unfathomable man, descended from his cloud-capped heights and held out his hand to Tchaikovsky.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Apollo, the next great personage of the Olympian divinities, was more respectable morally than his father.
These were the twelve Olympian divinities, or greater gods; but they represent only a small part of the Grecian Pantheon.
Aunt Maria's Olympian head nodded, and her cheerful face, glowing with tea and the camp fires, confessed "Certainly!"Overland|John William De Forest