Week 1

Task 1:
Select one New Zealand athlete going to the Olympic games and write a short biography about them. You could include personal information or concentrate on their sporting achievements. Include a photo.

Full name: Valerie Kasanita Adams
Gender: Female
Height: 6’4” (193 cm)
Weight: 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born: October 6, 1984 in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Valerie Adams won the shot put at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing and became the first New Zealand athletics gold medallist since John Walker in 1976 and the first women since Yvette Williams in 1952. Valerie, born to a Tongan mother and an English father, had earlier become one of the first four women to win world titles at youth, junior and senior levels. She successfully defended her world title in Berlin in 2009. She also won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 after finishing a second four years earlier in Manchester.



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Task 2:
The Olympic Anthem

Symbolism is one of the strong components expressed within the Olympic Games. The Greeks appreciated and honoured poets and their descriptive language as part of the Olympic spirit.

The "Olympic Hymn" of the modern era was written by Greeks Costis Palamis and Spiros Samaras. It was translated into French, and was used at the first Modern Olmpic Games held in Athens in 1896. Since 1960, it has been used at the Opening Ceremonies of each Olympic Games.

The hymn is played or sung during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Originally written in Greek, it has been "freely" translated into other languages and below is the main version.

Your task is to write a new Olympic anthem for the 2012 Olympic Games


Olympics are here ready to race
Luge and relay race are keeping pace
Young famous athletes are ready to compete
Marching around to be elite
Pouncing and leaping that is what they do
Inceasing and encouraging is what they knew
Courage and respect is what they need
So Olympics here we come


Week 2


Task 1:


The Olympic Oath

At the start of each Olympics, every athlete promises to play fairly and obey all of the Olympic rules. One athlete from the host country takes his oath at the opening ceremony on behalf of all athletes.

" In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams"

The Olympic Creed

A judge from the host country recites the Olympic Creed, which appears on the scoreboard during the Opening
Ceremony:

"The most important thing in the Olympic games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well"

YOUR TASK is to write a new Oath OR Creed for future Olympic Games
United as one we promise to display honesty, integrity and sportsmanship at the highest possible level. Our pleadge is to comply and respect the rules of ech sporting code, honoring ourselves, each other and the people of our countries.


Week 3

Task

Olympic Games Article:

Choose ONE sport that you are interested in and FIND a news article relating to that sport. Once you have done that, complete the following activities:

1. Give the article a new HEADLINE

2. Rewrite the article in your own words

3. Find an image that relates to the article.

4. Publish on your wiki page.



China wins consecutive gymnastics gold



When there's gold to be had, don't ever doubt the Chinese.
When it comes to silver and bronze, it can get tricky. It did at men's gymnastics on Monday.
The Chinese won their second straight Olympic title and third in four games, making anyone who wrote them off after a dismal performance in qualifying look silly.
Their score of 275.997 points was more than four points better than Japan, which needed help from the video replay to finish second.
Britain was initially announced as the silver medallist, setting off raucous celebrations at the O2 Arena.
The British don't have a proud history in gymnastics - they barely have any history - and this was their first men's team medal in a century.
But Japan questioned the score of three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura on pommel horse, the team's very last routine.
While judges huddled around a video screen, Uchimura and his teammates sat stone-faced while the British partied.
About five minutes later, Uchimura's score was revised and Japan was awarded the silver while Britain was bumped down to bronze.
It was of little consolation to the Japanese, who were bested by the Chinese yet again.
Just like everybody else.
China also won the last five world titles, and now has gone eight years without losing at a major competition.
The Americans, hoping for their first Olympic title since 1984 after finishing No. 1 in qualifying, lost all hopes for any medal with a dismal showing on pommel horse, their second event.
They rallied to finish fifth

Cina wins again, along with dramas for silver and bronze

China wins gold, Great Britain wins silver and Ukraine wins bronze. But stop...

How dispointed would you feel after if you were part of a team that had won a bronze medal only to be told minutes later that you weren't getting any medal because your team had been dropped to 4th place.

Well thats what happened to the Ukraineian mens gymnastic team after the Japanese team questioned their placing of 4th. The judges reviewed Japans last team members performance on the pommel horse. Via video and revised the score to push Japans mens gymnastics team up to 2nd, dropping Great Britain to 3rd and the Ukraine team right out of a medal placing

China managed to win gold on the tail of winning the last five world title.



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Week 4

Task

Create an imaginative story based around the London Olympic Games. Your story must include a New Zealand athlete, a lost piece of sporting equipment and a gold medal for New Zealand.

Publish on your wiki page.


After months of training, the time had finally arrived, where Valerie would live her dream of winning another Olympic gold medal. Nervously she packed her suitcase, checking and re-checking that she had packed all of the essential items. Her hand brushed over the smooth hard and shiny surface of her shot-put. Carefully Valerie placed her shot-put in its own specially crafted bag that would accompany her suitcase over to the Olympics. This was going to be her lucky shot-put that would see her standing on the podium and watching as the New Zealand anthem played.

With a flick of the padlock Valerie was ready to board the plane with the other hopeful Olympic athletes. After what seemed like an eternity and several movies later, the plane touched down in London and they were all whisked away to the hotel where the New Zealand team were staying.

As Valerie entered the foyer of the hotel a strong breeze followed her through the double doors and blew all of the papers sitting on the reception desk across the shiny floor tiles. A very flustered receptionist frantically tried to gather the papers up before they flew out the door. As she was bending down, the receptionist could be heard grumbling about the hotel not supplying her with a much needed paperweight.

That night Valerie fell into a deep sleep after unpacking her bag. She was exhausted after such a long journey and needed to have a good rest before she competed the next morning.

At 7am, Valerie’s alarm clock woke her and after a refreshing shower, Valerie changed into her Olympic uniform and got ready to leave for the stadium. But one essential thing was missing. Where was her shot-put? In a panic Valerie searched everywhere in her room, but couldn’t seem to find anything that remotely looked like a shot-put. With her heart racing, Valerie ran down the twelve flights of stairs to the foyer where she tried to recognise the bellboy that had brought her bags to her room the night before. As she sped past the front desk, something shiny caught her eye. Could it be what she thought it was? As if in slow motion Valerie looked back to see her beloved shot-put sitting proudly on the receptionists pile of papers as a paperweight!!

Valerie could not believe her eyes as she reached over and picked up her shot-put. The receptionist looked up with surprise. Valerie explained that it actually wasn’t a paperweight. It was, in fact her Olympic shot-put that in a matter of hours was going to be thrown through the air and hopefully win her a gold medal.

Valerie left for the stadium, and didn’t let go of her shot-put for anything.

Valerie threw her best throws that she had ever done and went on to add to New Zealand’s total of gold medals. To this very day, Valerie always looks at her shot-put and can’t believe that anyone could have used it as a paperweight of all things!