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Volleyball takes two forms at the Olympic Games. According to the official Olympics website, volleyball was developed as a “less strenuous alternative to basketball.”
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Bicycles were invented in the mid-1700s, and have been popular ever since. The gear and chain design was invented in 1885 by J. K. Starley.
Boxing is one of the events carried over from the ancient Olympic Games. Its Olympic ties date back to the 7th century BC.
Team handball has had a staggered life at the Olympics, being introduced in the 1930s, then used as a demonstration sport in the 1950s, and finally added in the 1970s.
Canoe sprint uses the kayak or the canoe. Kayaks are believed to originate from Greenland and were popular in North America.
Today’s form of fencing grew out of military training exercises, but swordplay has been around for thousands of years. Germany and Italy both claim to have originated modern fencing.
According to the official Olympics website, the first ancient Olympic Games occurred in 776 BC. The games were dedicated to Olympian gods and took place in Olympia.
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Jon Wargo is a first-year University Enrichment Fellow at Michigan State University. He got started on his professional career in the Teach For America program in Colorado.
Heather Yocum is a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. Her field research is based in Malawi.
Mark Balawender is an RCAH Fellow at Michigan State University.