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the first olympics

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"I hereby proclaim the opening of the first International Olympic Games at Athens." With these words on April 6, 1896, King George I of Greece welcomed the crowd that had gathered in the newly reconstructed Panathenean Stadium to the modern-day Olympic Summer Games.

The event was the idea of Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France who traveled the world to gather support for his dream to have nations come together and overcome national disputes, all in the name of sport.

The program for the Games included track and field, fencing, weightlifting, rifle and pistol shooting, tennis, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, and wrestling. Although 14 nations participated, most of the athletes were Greek.


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  • -COURT-
    doobrie, how cool!! i'd love to see it.
    3289 days ago
    I have visited the first Olympic stadium in Olympia, Greece - and the second one in Athens!
    3289 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 9:29:42 AM
    nice share ty
    3290 days ago
    Oh, Courti!! I am sooo in LOVE with the links you found on The First Olympics Athens 1896!! You know... our Olympic Games have decreased & decreased until now, we've had a winter Olympics back in 2010, & won't get another until 2014, all because the organizations & 'powers that be' have turned it into such a HUGE expense by having millions of dollars wrapped up in 'other' entertainment & concessions till........... it's unaffordable to 'do' it in the grandeur that they 'think' it should be done in.

    What ever happened to 'take me out to the ballgame' or, in other words, the SIMPLICITY of games or competitions, such as the 1896, Olympics?!! I don't see WHY athletes can't come together once a year for winter & then summer, except that... it's not all about SPORTS anymore. It's all about MONEY!!
    3291 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2012 6:27:39 PM
    Interesting facts, thank you for sharing!
    3291 days ago
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