The first modern Olympics took place in the little town of Much Wenlock, in Shropshire in 1850. It was the idea of one Doctor William Penny Brookes. He was upset by the way most of the town's men folk spent a great portion of their time down the pub that he came up with the idea of a modern Olympiad to occupy their time. He believed the physical activity would make them better Christians. The idea for an Olympic Games was later adopted by Baron Coubertin in 1896.
The first of Brookes' modern Olympics gave small cash prizes for running, long jump, quoits, football and cricket. Other sporting events like the blindfolded wheelbarrow race, a pig race and a mediaeval tilting contest were added in years shortly after. The winners were crowned with laurel and given medals picturing Nike the goddess of victory. The fame of the games spread far and wide. King George I of the Hellenes even sent a silver medal to awarded as a prize.
Brookes founded the National Olympic Association in 1865 and staged the first games at London's Crystal Palace. It was snubbed by top sportsmen owing to lack of sponsorship.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896; Greece was selected as the venue to commemorate the ancient Olympic Games held in the Greek city of Olympia from about the 7th century BC to the 3rd century AD.
The modern games owe their revival to the efforts of Baron Pierre de Coubertin a French aristocrat and teacher who helped in establishing the International Olympic Committee at Paris. Coubertin's main aim was to inculcate physical education in the youth by way of sports.
The number of countries that participated in the Athens Olympics in 1896 was 14 and the number of participating athletes was 241; women were not allowed to compete in the games. The sports included were athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. The United States (11) won the maximum number of gold medals while Greece (46) won the maximum number of overall medals.
This is the question every sports lover will love to ask.The modern Olympic Games, which have been held every four years since 1896, except for interruptions of World Wars, represent the pinnacle of achievement for athletes.
It is the athletes who claim most of the attention, although the range of sports on the Olympic programme is wide. Archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting are just a few on the main programme, where there are also team events like soccer and basketball. At the winter Olympics, which are held separately, skating, skiing, bob-sleighing and ice hockey add to the opportunities for medals.
The games are based on an ancient Greek festival held at Olympia, the first recorded mention of which dates from 776 BC, the accepted date of the first Olympiad. In fact the game began hundreds of years earlier, and legends link their beginnings with the feats of the gods.
The idea of re-establishing the Olympic Games was that of a Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He saw sport as a means of uniting nations and providing an opportunity to express patriotism with generosity of spirit rather than aggression.
After years of efforts, he was instrumental in forming the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which arose from a meeting in Paris in 1894.
The first olympic games originated in greece with the gods and goddesses.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896
I believe it to be greece but women were not allowed to compete
Greece. I study it in school
The first modern day olympics were held in Athens. Greece in 1896. They were then held every 4 years. But, women were not allowed to perticipate.