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The first modern Games
An offical poster from the 1896 Athens Olympic Games on display at the IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland
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An offical poster from the 1896 Athens Games - the first modern Olympics
Pierre de Coubertin
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The Olympic Games were revived by the Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin
The Leonidaion at the site of the Ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece
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The Olympic Games were named after the village of Olympia, where they originally took place
The Gymnasion at the site of the Ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece
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The first recorded Games were in Ancient Greece in 776 BC, but they may have been taking place for 500 years before then
Athletes in the 100 metres final await the firing of the starters gun at the 1896 Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece
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A graphical portrayal of how the 1896 100 metres final might have looked
A painting shows Spiridon Louis of Greece winning the first Olympic marathon in 1896
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Spiridon Louis of Greece wins the first Olympic marathon in 1896
Robert Garrett, of the USA wins the gold in the discus at the 1896 Athens Olympics
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Robert Garrett, of the USA, wins the gold in the discus at the 1896 Athens Olympics
The commemorative pin from the 1896 Athens Olympic Games on display at the IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland
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The commemorative pin from the 1896 Athens Olympic Games on display at the IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne




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