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All you wanted to know about the Olympic Games - - from its origin on the once forgotten plains of Olympia, to its revival in 1896 to Sydney. All the legends, all their marks and all who went in pursuit of them. The Document Company Xerox has it all for you at your desktop. Print them for your archives.

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** The ancient Games lasted for more than 1100 years, but it took more the 1500 years for the modern Games to be revived in 1896 at Athens.

** The opening of the first Olympic Games at Athens on 6th April 1896 coincided with the 75th anniversary of the declaration of Greek independence from Turkish rule.

** Greek businessman Georges Averoff from Alexandria, Egypt paid 920, 000 drachma ( 36,500 at the 1896 exchange rate) for the reconstruction of the Panathenean Stadium at Athens.

** The Panathenean Stadium at Athens, the venue for the first Olympic Games in 1896 was actually been built in 330 BC by the orator Luycurgus, a disciple of Plato.

** The opening of the modern Games at Athens in 1896 was seen over by 40,000 spectators in the stadium and plus by many more on the surrounding hills.

** King George I of Greece formally opened the proceedings for the first Olympic Games at Athens in 1896.

** Majority of the competitors for the 1896 Athens Olympic Games were from Greece and the other athletes entered privately including many on a private holiday.

** The British contingent for the 1896 Games included two employees from the Embassy in Athens.

** A member of the British team at the 1896 Games was an Irishman John Boland, who happened to be on a holiday at the time and entered the tennis events. He won the singles and then partnering a German also won the doubles.

** The first competition of the modern Olympic Games at Athens was the heat one of the 100m and it was won by American Francis Lane of Princeton University in 12.5sec.

** The most outstanding achievement of the 1896 Games at Athens came from Germany's Carl Schuhmann who not only won three gymnastic events but also went on to win the wrestling title.

** Americans John and Sumner Paine became the first brothers to win Olympic gold medals, when they came first in the military pistol and free pistol shooting events respectively in the 1896 Games at Athens. Incidentally their father had successfully defended yachting's America Cup some years before.

** The first gold medalist of the modern times was American James Brendan Connolly who won the hop, step and jump (now known as the triple jump). He was the first Olympic winner in 1527 years!

** The gold medalists in the first Olympic Games at Athens actually recieved a silver medal and a crown of olive leaves; runners-up were awarded with bronze medals and a crown of laurels; no awards were made for third place.

** The American team for the 1896 Olympic Games at Athens composed exclusively of college students, who despite arriving only the day before the competition, having travelled by ship to France and then by train to Grrece, dominated the Games with 11 gold medals - the maximum by any country.

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