22 Images from the Early Olympics

The first Olympics took place in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC in honor of the Greek god Zeus. It was exactly 1503 years before the games made their way back to the global stage. Take a journey through some iconic moments in the early days…

1. 1896 Athens 

Image credit: Mpora
Image credit: Mpora

In 1896, the Olympic Games were reinstated in Athens, Greece. While only 14 countries attended the first modern Olympics, they have grown into a world renowned sporting festival with 206 countries slated to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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