1896: The opening ceremony in the Panathinaiko Stadium

1896: The opening ceremony in the Panathinaiko Stadium

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Games of the I Olympiad. Cover of the official report of 1896 Athens Summer Olympics. Often listed as the poster of the Games.

Games of the I Olympiad. Cover of the official report of 1896 Athens Summer Olympics. Often listed as the poster of the Games.

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A copper medal was given those in second place. The reverse features the Acropolis and, in Greek, "International Olympic Games in Athens in 1896".

A copper medal was given those in second place. The reverse features the Acropolis and, in Greek, "International Olympic Games in Athens in 1896".

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Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee. He is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games.

Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee. He is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games.

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Stamp from the first Olympic stamp set

Stamp from the first Olympic stamp set

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The final of the 100 metres at the 1896 Olympics

The final of the 100 metres at the 1896 Olympics

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A silver medal was awarded to the winner of each event during the 1896 Summer Olympics.

A silver medal was awarded to the winner of each event during the 1896 Summer Olympics.

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Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis

Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis

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Alfréd Hajós, the first Olympic champion in swimming, is one of only two Olympians to have won medals in both sport and art competitions.

Alfréd Hajós, the first Olympic champion in swimming, is one of only two Olympians to have won medals in both sport and art competitions.

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