The Netherlands has hosted the Olympics once, back in 1928, and as a legacy to that the Olympisch Stadion (Olympic Stadium) stands in Amsterdam and still provides the backdrop for significant sporting events.
- The Olympic stadium served as the home ground for the national Dutch team once the Olympics were over.
- Amsterdam’s football team Ajax used it for games needing floodlights (which their own football ground didn’t have) or when the expected crowd was too big for their own stadium, which tended to be the international games. Ajax continued using the Olympisch stadium until 1996 when the Amsterdam Arena was completed.
- The stadium was used as the start and finish point of the 1954 Tour de France.
- Every October the stadium is the start and finish of the Amsterdam marathon.
- In 1995 and 1996 the Amsterdam Admirals played at the Olympisch Stadion in the World League of American Football with the stadium hosting the World Bowl of 1995.
- In 2005, the sports museum ‘Olympic Experience Amsterdam’ opened. It closed in 2014.
- The 2016 European Athletic Championships were hosted there last week – the biggest event hosted in the Olympisch Stadion since the 1928 Olympics!
Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about Olympic history and famous athletes from various countries around the world. Judoka: Rafaela Silva – Multicultural Kid BlogsSouth Africa’s First Olympians – Globe Trottin’ KidsChile: Important Names and Winners – La clase de Sra. DuFault Female Athletes to Watch in 2016 – Use Resources Wisely Jefferson Perez: The Only Olympic Medalist in Ecuador – Hispanic MamaFastest Man/Woman in the World – Kid World CitizenOlympisch Stadion in Amsterdam – Expat Life with a Double BuggyBaron Pierre de Coubertin & the modern Olympics – La Cité des Vents Don’t forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.