Olympic Games - 1896 Athens

The 1896 Summer Olympics, conceived by Pierre de Coubertin, was held in Athens from 6-15 April 1896. It attracted 245 competitors (some 200 Greek) from 14 countries. Female athletes were not allowed to compete. Panathinaiko Stadium, then the biggest in the world, held the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event. The highlight for Greeks was the marathon victory by compatriot Spiridon Louis. The most successful competitor was German wrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann with four gold medals
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1896 Olympics Athens

1896 Olympics Athens

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photography's issue!: Θερινοί ολυμπιακοί αγώνες 1896-Αθήνα....Με φωτογρα...

Spyridon ("Spyros") Louis ( 1873 – 1940) was a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming a national hero.

Spyridon ("Spyros") Louis ( 1873 – 1940) was a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming a national hero.

First Summer Olympics 1896

First Summer Olympics 1896

Leonidas Pyrgos was the first Greek Olympic medallist in the history of the modern Olympic Games, winning his fencing event of the 1896 Summer Olympics on 7 April 1896.

Leonidas Pyrgos was the first Greek Olympic medallist in the history of the modern Olympic Games, winning his fencing event of the 1896 Summer Olympics on 7 April 1896.

Thomas Burke - 1896 in Athens, Greece

Thomas Burke - 1896 in Athens, Greece

1896 Olympic Games. Athens, Greece. King George of Greece and Princess Alexandra walk in front of the Prince of Wales and Queen Olga

1896 Olympic Games. Athens, Greece. King George of Greece and Princess Alexandra walk in front of the Prince of Wales and Queen Olga

Dimitrios Loundras, center, at the 1896 Olympics, a Greek gymnast won a bronze at the age of 10 years and 218 days.

Dimitrios Loundras, center, at the 1896 Olympics, a Greek gymnast won a bronze at the age of 10 years and 218 days.

Andre Castaigne King George I Of Greece Presenting Awards At The 1896 Olympics

Andre Castaigne King George I Of Greece Presenting Awards At The 1896 Olympics

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