Olympic: History of Olympic Games


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The Olympic Games are a global event that takes place every four years. Athletes from all over the world come together to compete in a variety of sports. The games have a long and interesting history, dating back more than two thousand years. Here we take a look at the history of the Olympic Games.

Olympic Games of Athens (1896)

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The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. These games were a huge success, with more than 280 athletes from 14 countries competing in 43 events. The most famous athlete of the Athens Olympics was undoubtedly American runner James Connolly, who won three gold medals.

Olympic Games of London (1908)

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The Olympic Games returned to London in 1908, after a hiatus of 12 years. This edition of the games was even more successful than the Athens games, with nearly 900 athletes from 27 countries competing in 110 events. The most memorable moment of the London Olympics came when British runner Dorando Pietri collapsed just short of the finish line in the marathon and was helped across by officials.

Olympic Games of Berlin (1936)

The Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany, in 1936. This edition of the games was marred by controversy, as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime used them as a propaganda tool to promote their racist ideology. The most successful athlete of the Berlin Olympics was American track and field star Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals.

Olympic Games of Tokyo (1964)

The Olympic Games were held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964. This edition of the games was marked by tragedy, as two Japanese athletes died during the competition. The most successful athlete of the Tokyo Olympics was American swimmer Don Schollander, who won four gold medals.

Olympic Games of Mexico City (1968)

The Olympic Games were held in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1968. This edition of the games was marked by political protests, as many athletes from developing countries boycotted the competition in response to the Mexican government’s treatment of its citizens. The most successful athlete of the Mexico City Olympics was American track and field star Tommie Smith, who won three gold medals.

Olympic Games of Munich (1972)

The Olympic Games were held in Munich, West Germany, in 1972. This edition of the games was marred by tragedy, as 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists. The most successful athlete of the Munich Olympics was American swimmer Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals.

Olympic Games of Montreal (1976)

The Olympic Games were held in Montreal, Canada, in 1976. This edition of the games was marked by financial disaster, as the cost of hosting them spiraled out of control. The most successful athlete of the Montreal Olympics was American swimmer Shirley Babashoff, who won eight gold medals.

Olympic Games of Moscow (1980)

The Olympic Games were held in Moscow, the Soviet Union, in 1980. This edition of the games was boycotted by many Western countries in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The most successful athlete of the Moscow Olympics was East German track and field star Marita Koch, who won four gold medals.

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