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First, an important note for everyone to remember:

A few Wikipedians have gotten together to make some suggestions about how we might organize data in articles about sports olympics. These are only suggestions, things to give you focus and to get you going, and you shouldn't feel obligated in the least to follow them. But if you don't know what to write or where to begin, following the below guidelines may be helpful. Mainly, we just want you to write articles!

Please Note: This WikiProject is currently under construction by Jeronimo. Please contact me on my talk page before using this "template".

Table of contents

Title WikiProject Sports Olympics

Scope This WikiProject aims primarily to describe a template for information about the Olympic Games. It could be generalized to include other multiple-sport competitions, such as the Pan-American Games.

Parentage The parent of this WikiProject is the WikiProject Sports.

Descendant Wikiprojects No descendant WikiProjects have been defined.

Similar Wikiprojects The similar WikiProject is the WikiProject Sports Team Listing.


note that there are many contributors to the individual sports articles



  • A main Olympic Games page. This page should go into the general history of the games (perhaps the ancient games deserve a separate page), and also explain why the Olympics are currently so important.

  • A Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games page. These should give general information about the topic, and give a short history of them (the current Summer Olympic Games page is quite good), link to sports conducted there (past and present).

  • A page for each separate Games, given as follows.

Use the convention "(Year) (Season) Olympics". This appears to be the most commonly used form in English language, even though the official naming is in the form of "Games of the I Olympiad" and "V Winter Olympic Games". One should make a redirect page for at least these official names, and perhaps also for other forms: "1948 Olympic Winter Games", "1948 Winter Olympic Games".

Olympics articles

The articles on the individual Olympics should look approximately like this:

  • Brief introduction. First sentence should be something like "The Games of the I Olympiad were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. ", so using the official name.
  • Next, a table with basic facts and information is added, using the template below. Some figures may differ for different sources, so quote them if this is the case. In case a specific entry is not applicable, fill in "not applicable".
  • The following section should give the highlights of these Olympics. In case the highlights are more than just a few paragraphs, divide it into subsections: Prologue, Day 1, Day 2, ..., Epilogue. Here, the prologue could deal with relevant information about the world situation at the time of the Games (this, a.o., is relevant for the boycotts 1976-1988), the process for choosing the host city, and other remarks (for example, Salt Lake City 2002 should have some story about the bribery scandal surrounding its election). Day 1 to Day X can contain the sportive and other highlights of that day. Epilogue can focus on events in the aftermath of the Games, doping cases, decisions made on basis of events during the Games. Perhaps some additional subsections are useful for events that may not be captured in a single day, such as the terrorist attack in 1972 (there's even a Wikipedia article for that), the Atlanta 1996 bombing, Nazism at the 1936 Olympics.
  • The next section, medals awarded, should give a list of links to pages with the medal winners. The pages should be about one sport only, using names "(Sport) at the (Year) (Season) Olympics" as the naming convention. See below for how these pages should look like.
  • The medal count section should give a table with the medals won by nation, sorted by gold, silver, bronze. Template for the table is given below.
  • At the bottom of the page, put a collection of links to all other Olympics. Use the template given below.

For an example, look at 1896 Summer Olympics.

Hierarchy Definition Olympic Games will link to Sports page. See this example on dividing a topic into a hierarchy.

See Games of the I Olympiad.

General Strategy and Discussion forum


Template facts table

Games of the X Olympiad
Nations participatingX
Athletes participatingX (Y men, Z women)
EventsX in Y sports
Opening ceremonies
Closing ceremonies
Officially opened by
Athlete's Oath
Judge's Oath:
Olympic Torch

Template Medal Table

1Country heregoldsilverbronzetotal

Template Bottom Links

Summer Olympics

1896 | 1900 | 1904 | 1906 | 1908 | 1912 | 1920 | 1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1996 | 2000 | 2004 | 2008

Winter Olympics

1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1994 | 1998 | 2002 | 2006

Medal Winners Pages

A page with the medal winners of a sport at an Olympics should look approximately like this.

  • In the introduction sentence(s), link to the full article on the Olympics and to the sport concerned.
  • Create a section for each of the events held
  • In that section, at least include a table with the medal winners, using the template below
  • Put the country abbreviations in parentheses behind the athlete, using the IOC country codes.

For an example, look at Fencing at the 1896 Summer Olympics.

1Gold medalist
2Silver medalist
3Bronze medalist

The WikiProject idea is still in the proposal stage. Please read ManningBartlett/WikiProject for further information.

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