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1896 Athens
Olympic Stadium

Panathinaiko
Panathenaic Stadium

1896 Athens Olympic Stadium

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Address Athens, Greece
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Newspaper
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  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Greece
USA
Germany
France
Great Britain
Denmark
Hungary
Austria
Switzerland
Australia
10
11
7
5
3
1
2
2
1
2
19
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
2
0
18
2
3
2
1
4
3
3
0
0
47
19
15
11
7
7
6
5
3
2
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  The Facility  
Date Built ca 566 BC
Date Renovated 329 BC
1895-1896
2000-2004
Ownership
(Management)
Greek Government
(Greek Government)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Olympic Capacity 80,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Current Tenants None
Former Tenants 1896 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics
Population Base 4,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Athens International Airport (ATH)

1896 Athens Olympic Stadium

The ruins of ancient Olympia were excavated by the German archaeologist Ernst Curtius from 1875-1881.

Amont the remains uncovered was the ancient stadium where the original Olympic Games were celebrated from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D., when Roman emperor Theodosius I banned all pagan festivals.

Athletics played an important role in the religious festivals of the ancient Greeks, who believed competitive sports pleased the spirits of the dead. The festivals honoring gods like Zeus were undertaken by many Greek tribes and cities and usually held every four years.

During the first 13 Olympiads (an Olympiad is an interval of four years between celebrations of the Olympic Games), the only contested event was a footrace of 200 yards (180 meters). Longer races were gradually introduced and by 708 B.C., field events like the discus and javelin throws and the long jump were part of the program. Wrestling and boxing followed and in 640 B.C., four-horse chariot races became a fixture at the Games.

During the so-called Golden Age of Greece, which most historians maintain lasted from 477 to 431 B.C., Olympia was considered holy groun. Victorious athletes gave public thanks to the gods and were revered as heroes. Three-time winners had statues erected in their likeness and received various gifts and honors, including exemption from taxation.

Eventually, however, winning and the rewards that went with victory corrupted the original purpose of the Ancient Games. Idealistic amateurs gave way to skilled foreign athletes, who were granted the citizenship needed to compete and were paid handsomely by rich Greek gamblers.

There is evidence to suggest that the Games continued until the temples of Olympia were physically demolished in 426 A.D. by a Roman army sent by Theodosius II. Over the next 15 centuries, earthquakes and floods buried the site, until its discovery in 1875.

On June 23, 1894, French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris to a gathering of international sports leaders from nine nations - including the United States and Russia - proposedthat the ancient Games be revived on an international scale. The idea was enthusiastically received and the Modern Olympics, as we know them, were born.

The first Olympiad was celebrated two years later in Athens, where an estimated 245 athletes (all men) from 14 nations competed in the ancient Panathenaic stadium before large and enthusiastic crowds.

Americans won nine of the 12 track and field events, but Greece won the most medals with 47. The highlight was the victory by native peasant Spiridon Louis in the first marathon race, which was run over the same course covered by the Greek hero Pheidippides after the battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

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