"As early as 2300 BC, Chinese athletes were playing tsu chu, a game in which players kicked a small ball through designated goals on a field." This fact-filled and thorough reading comprehension tells the history of soccer, from early versions of the game to the present.
This reading comprehension explains some concepts from physics and then looks at them in terms of a popular sport. ("What is acting on a soccer ball when it stays in one place until a player moves it?")
This very short reading comprehension piece about bobsledding is a perfect introduction to the sport for beginning readers. Students will find the Winter Olympic event of bobsledding more interesting having read this passage.
A reading comprehension describes some of the opening ceremony for the 2000 Olympics in Australia; this has directions and space for students to revise the document for the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics.