POSTED: June 23rd 2014
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Olympic Day: Only 120 years young but seems like forever

Panathenean stadium where the first Games were held in 1896 / PetrosTsonis Bigstock
Panathenean stadium where the first Games were held in 1896 / PetrosTsonis Bigstock

Founder of the Modern Games Pierre de Coubertin / CIPC
Founder of the Modern Games Pierre de Coubertin / CIPC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today the Modern Olympic Movement celebrates its 120th birthday and in a way it is startling to think that the modern Olympics are only 120 years young. The Olympic Rings have grown to become one of the best known brands on the planet and the wealth of history in that short span of time has truly etched a place in our lives forever.

Founder Pierre de Coubertin re-launched the Games with the International Olympic Congress in June of 1894 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established on this day that year.

The first summer Olympics were staged in Athens, Greece two years later April 4-15 in 1896 and had a special meaning in the homeland of the original ancient Olympic Games. The first winter Games took place January 25-February 5 in Chamonix, France in 1924 and with the addition of the winter sports the event offered a nicely rounded rooster of competitions.

The Olympic Movement has weathered storms throughout the years but no one can deny that this single sports event that started out as a budding idea has etched an indelible place in history. 


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