The History of the Olympic Games

  • 776 BCE Aincent Greece

    776 BCE Aincent Greece
    Before 776 BCE
    The sports are held at the Olympia every four years in between August 6 and September 19. The first records of the game that we still have are taken from 776 BCE but it is belived that the Olympics were a part of the world centuries before. These games only consisted of foot races, but over time the race accepted other sports such as wrestling.
  • 394 AD The Games Are Abolished

    394 AD The Games Are Abolished
    394 AD
    The games are abolished by Roman Emperor, Theodosius, because he thought the Olympics lead to pagan parctices.
  • IOC is founded

    IOC is founded
    Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a young frenchman, founded the IOC (International Olympic Comitee). He declared himself president and proposed that the Olympics be held every four years in a diffrent country each time.
  • First Modern Olympic Games

    First Modern Olympic Games
    The first modern Olympic games are finally held in Athens, Greece. There was a total of 43 events and 243 men competed. No women competed becaues the IOC found it unexciting and injust. 14 countries participated in these Olympics.
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    Modern Olypic Games

  • Women Compete for the First Time

    Women Compete for the First Time
    The Olympics take place in Paris Farnce. Women are allowed to compete for the first time in these games. Only 11 women compete ,and they only particpate in tennis and golf.
  • Medals Are Introduced

    Medals Are Introduced
    St. Louis USA
    Medals are introduced to the Olylpic games.
    Gold medals for first place, silver medals for second, and bronze medals for third.
  • London UK

    London UK
    The fisrt Olympic games to be held in an Olympic stadium
    Astralia and New Zeland compete together as Australasia.
    Figure skating is introduced.
    The game now has more than 100 events
  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Competitors from all five contenents participate in the 1912 Olympic games.
    Women compete in the swimming events for the first time
  • Antwerp, Belgium

    Antwerp, Belgium
    This is the first Olympic game to use the Olympic flag (the five rings)
    This is also the first game to start the games with the realeasing of doves
  • The Games Return To Paris France

    The Games Return To Paris France
    This is the second time that the games are held in Paris
    Germany is banned from these Olympics because of The Great World War
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The Olympic flame countinues to burn throughout the Olympic games for the first time
  • Los Angelas USA

    Los Angelas USA
    Canada remains undefeated in hockey
  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin, Germany
    First televised Olympics
    Basketball is introduced, USA wins the basketball game
  • London, UK

    London, UK
  • Helsinki , Finland

    Helsinki , Finland
    After forty years of not participating, Russia competes
  • Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia
    Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden boycott the games in protest of the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq don't show up either because of the Suez crisis. The People's Republic of China refuses to participate because of the inclusion of Taiwan.
  • Rome, Italy

    Rome, Italy
    The first Summer Games covered by television worldwide.
    Muhammad Ali is the light wieght champion
  • Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo, Japan
    Japan spends 3 billion dollars rebuilding it's country for the Olympic games
    25 records are broken
  • Mexico City, Mexico

    Mexico City, Mexico
    First Olympics to be held in Central America
  • Munich, Germany

    Munich, Germany
    Terroist attack games killing 11 people
  • Montreal, Canada

    Montreal, Canada
    31 countries boycotted the games
  • Moscow, Soviet Union

    Moscow, Soviet Union
    61 countries refuse to compete because Russia invaded Afghanistan
  • Los Angeles, USA

    Los Angeles, USA
    The boycott countinues
  • Seoul, South Korea

    Seoul, South Korea
    Usa recives 94 medals
  • Barcelona, Spain

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Atlanta, USA

    Coca Cola was a major sponser of these games
  • Sydney, Australia

    Sydney, Australia
    There are 165 events for men, 135 for women, and 12 mixed events. Women are excluded from boxing and baseball; men are excluded from synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, and softball.
    The United States, the Russian Federation, and the People's Republic of China lead the medal-winners.
  • Athens, Greece

    Athens, Greece
    Games return to Athens
  • Beijing, China

    Beijing, China
    43 world records and 132 Olympic records were broken during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
    Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals in swimming the most ever at a single Olympics
  • London, UK

    London, UK
    Games retun to London for the third time making it the first city to host hte Olympics three times