The Olympics had their first kick-off event in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The Olympics had a difficult time taking off because of World War I and II. When Europe was rebuilding from the world wars, the Olympics were a feature of peace and unification after turmoil. The Paralympics were introduced in 1948 to encourage injured soldiers to win their own Olympic medals. Cities in the running for the Olympics are frequently analyzed in international headlines due to the stringent standards set by the International Olympic Committee. More than a sports event, the Olympics is noted for being a tourist destination. Entertainment events related to the Olympics can be breaking news since they often include once-in-a-lifetime performances by retired artists.