The Olympic Movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life, and includes a possibility to guide this reality toward the great Olympic Idea.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
With the rapid advancement of technology in the past century, people have become more closely connected to the Olympics. In particular, the television had played an important role is bring the Olympics closer to people all over the world. The 1936 Berlin Games were the first sports competitions televised live. More than two dozen viewing halls were built throughout Berlin for people to watch the Games. Although the picture quality of these early broadcasts was mediocre, television became a critical component of the Olympic Games. Thefirst international broadcasts of Olympic competition came at the 1956 Olympic Games. Viewers in eight European countries watched the Games. 1960 was the year that television had the greatest impact on the broadcasting of the Olympic Games. It was said that, for the first time, television "made it possible for hundreds of millions of people to watch the Games more closely than thousands had in earlier days when the audience was limited to those who crowded into the Olympic halls"
Television has brought the Olympics into the homes of every-day people. Without television, sport would have never been able to manifest its cultural symbolism at the Olympic Games. In contrast to live coverage of a sporting event, television's use of the camera and commentary also benefit Olympic sport. Technology allows for plays to be repeated from different views and in slow motion. Comprehensive knowledge shared through explanations allows society to become more knowledgeable about various Olympic sports, and ignites an interest in individuals who might not be interested in these events. While not only learning about sports, people learn about other countries and their national culture. Essentially, the Olympics have made the world a much smaller place by allowing for this exchange of culture. And what is more, athletes from smaller, possibly more neglected nations, can call attention to problems in their own country to people all around the world.
Television's presentation of Olympics has helped people to "live out the dreams of each and every one of us." The Olympics and their availability through television have given mankind the opportunity to imagine themselves playing out the gallant roles of Olympians around the world.
Television's impact on the Olympic Games has not ended, and the relationship between them is unpredictable, possibly unending. Presently, technology such as the Internet and television have helped to revolutionize the way people have been able to react to the Olympics. It is now a question of how much more the bond between the Olympics and technology can be tightened.