First Olympic Games
The first Olympic Games or at least the Olympic games as we know today started out in 1896 in Athens, Greece. These first Olympic Games were played in The Panathenaic Stadium where they had the capabilities to hold fifty thousand people. There were fourteen nations that participated in these Olympic Games and two hundred and forty one athletes competing in forty three different events. Pierre de Coubertin was a Frenchmen who had a lot to do with the organization of these first Olympic Games and he also started the International Olympic Committee, who still organizes the modern day Olympics. The king of Greece wanted the Olympics to be played in Athens every four years but the International Olympic Committee already had the 1900 Olympics planned for Paris and planned on having a different host city every four years.
Some of the events that were originally planned for the first Olympic Games had to be cancelled due to weather reasons among other problems. Some of the sports that were cancelled were water sports like yachting and rowing, and also football and cricket were supposed to be events but they never made it. The events that did happen at the first Olympic Games were cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, swimming, wrestling and weightlifting. After the nine days of sporting events the closing ceremonies were held on the tenth day and this is where King George of Greece stated he would like to have the Olympics there every four years. The first modern Olympics, or The Games of the I Olympiad, as it was actually called at the time, were a great historical event and the tradition still carries on and is more popular than ever with more events added all the time. In these modern times it is great because no matter where in the world you live, you can watch the Olympics from your own home.