Athens 1896 - Entrance of the Panathenian stadium and in the middle George Averoff's statue.

Moments in Olympics History Photos 1896 Greek Olympics Photograph courtesy IOC.

Spyridon Louis - Winner’s medal Athens 1896

Spyridon Louis - Winner’s medal Athens 1896

Members of an international committee for organization of 1896 Summer Olympics.

Members of an international committee for organization of 1896 Summer Olympics.

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Athens, Greece, from April 6 to 15, 1896.

The Athens 1896 Summer Olympic Games (April marked the birth of the Modern Olympics.

Athens 1896 - Flatow Alfred, Schumann Karl, Weingartner Hermann. German gymnastics team.

German gymnastics champions Schuhmann, Flatow and Weingartner from the 1896 Olympic games in Athens.

"Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history."  Pierre de Coubertin

On June French educator and historian Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Because of his initiative he is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games, the first one organized in Greece only two years later in

Front and reverse side of the 1896 first place silver medal.

Front and reverse side of the 1896 first place silver medal.

During the 18th century, several small-scale sports festivals across Europe were named after the Ancient Olympic Games.

Opening Ceremony at the 1896 Athens Olympics - been there 2011 Special Olympic International games!

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