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Today, April 6 2016, marks the 120th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896. 

Facts about the Games of the I Olympiad

  • Held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896
  • The Games were held at Panathenaic Stadium
  • Panathenaic Stadium was the only Olympic stadium used in the 1800s, and at the time was the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event
  • 14 countries participated (New Zealand did not compete)
  • The Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date
  • 241 Athletes Participated
  • 241 Men
  • 0 Women
  • 43 Events in 9 sports - Athletics, swimming, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling
  • The Olympics did not return to Greece until 2004, 108 years later

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Did you know?

  • In 1894, the Modern Olympic Movement was established and New Zealand was amongst the 13 Founding Member Nations
  • New Zealander Leonard A. Cuff (NZL) had met Pierre de Coubertin in France and became the first IOC Member appointed to New Zealand and Australia.

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