Megan was a girl who was really into sports history. As the Olympic games started in Tokyo Japan, she wanted to learn more about the origin of the Olympics. Megan asked her mom if they could go to the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, as she believed that it was the best place to learn about the ancient Olympic Games and their history.
On the way to the museum, Megan asked her mom to tell her more about the ancient Olympic Games. Her mother told her that the ancient Olympic Games were held every four years at Olympia and they lasted for five days. They started and ended with a big religious ceremony. The ancient Olympic Games were held in honor of Zeus, the god of sky and thunder. They started in 776 BC and ended in 393 AD.
The ancient Olympic Games were very different from today's modern games. They had many events such as running, wrestling, boxing, and even chariot racing! There were no judges or referees, and the athletes competed naked (without any clothes on!). Women were not allowed to compete in the Olympics until 1900 when a woman named Charlotte Cooper became an Olympic champion in tennis.
After arriving at the Olympic museum, Megan and her mom went inside to check out the exhibits. At first, Megan thought that the museum was only going to have pictures of the ancient Olympic Games, but she was wrong. There were models of ancient Olympic Games and there were also some artifacts of ancient Olympics.
After wandering around for a while, they found the part of the museum that was dedicated to chariot racing. Megan's favorite sport is soccer, so she was really interested in what the museum had about chariot racing in the ancient Olympics. As she read all about chariot racing, she realized that it wasn't anything like soccer! But it looked like fun! She would have liked to try it out if only women could compete in the Olympics back then!
As Megan and her mom left the museum, they both agreed that this trip had been very interesting and educational. The next day, Megan asked her dad if he could take them to a soccer game instead of going out for dinner with his friends after work. Her dad said yes!
As Megan sat there watching the game, she started thinking about how much fun it would be if she could play in the Olympics. It was then that Megan got an idea! She decided to write an e-mail to her friend who is a famous person and ask her what Olympic sport's women should compete in now so they can make it into the Olympics soon enough!
Megan's mom wasn't sure whether Megan would get a reply from her friend but she thought that it was a good idea for women to compete in Olympic sports too!
Megan's friend got back to her, and she said that women could consider competing in the following sports:
- Synchronized swimming
- Field hockey
- Field archery
- Modern pentathlon (running, shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrianism)
After some thought, Megan decided to go for her favorite sport, soccer. She was so happy that women could compete in the Olympics now and she promised her mom that she would try her best to get in.
The next day when Megan went to school, she found out that they were going to have a soccer tournament! Megan was very excited! But then a boy started saying mean things and refused to play with them. Megan protested, but the boy just rolled his eyes and walked away grumbling something about silly girls who think that they can play soccer with boys!
The following day, when the soccer practice started, everyone was laughing. Because Megan was wearing pink sneakers, pink shorts, a pink t-shirt, and even pink shin guards! Everyone thought it was really funny, but Megan didn't care as she wanted to make a statement. A girl can play soccer!
Soon everyone wanted to play except for the same boy who said that he would never want to play soccer with girls because girls were icky and stupid! This time another girl said back, "Let's see who is icky and stupid when we play in the Olympics?!" The boy just walked away grumbling something under his breath about girls who like playing soccer are weirdos….
Megan and her friends were not discouraged. They kept on playing soccer, day in and day out. They got better and better at the game. Until one day, a coach from the Olympics called them and said, "We would like Megan and her friends to play in the Olympics because they are really good at soccer!" Megan and her friends were very excited to hear that they could finally play in the Olympics!
Megan's dad was very proud of his daughter because he knew she had worked hard all these years practicing for the Olympics! Megan's mom was going to take Megan out for dinner to celebrate, but Megan said, "no thanks mom, I want to practice for my soccer game!" So instead of going out to dinner, they went back home so Megan could practice some more.
The next day, Megan got a letter again from her friend who is a famous person. It said: Dear Megan,
I got your e-mail yesterday and I am so happy for you! It sounds like you and your friends have been practicing really hard. You should tell everyone that girls can be as good at soccer or any other sport. And if women want to compete in Olympic sports, they can do it! Men are not better than women, we just have different skills. It is time for girls and boys to stop saying mean things about each other and start respecting each other for who they are! I hope you will continue playing soccer after the Olympics because it sounds like you love it a lot! Good luck on your game -
P.S.: Tell everyone that I'll be cheering for them too!