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1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens

Updated on October 12, 2009
1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens
1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens
1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens
1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens

1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens

1896 Summer Olympic Stadium In Athens

The stadium for the 1896 Summer Olympic Stadium in Athens had a seating capacity of 60,000.

Originally constructed of wood in 330 BC, and later rebuilt in marble.

The gateway and front statue added during restoration in 1984.

Olympics first held 776 BC @ Olympia, and revived by Frenchman, Baron Coubertain in 1896.

In 776 BC there was only one event - the stadium race.  Athletes would train before the judges who would then pick the competitors.  Wrestling, running & pentathlon added in 708 BC, and later still, chariot racing.  No female spectators or participants were allowed as most athletes competed in the nude.  The prize was an olive branch, it’s vitality symbolically transmitted to the recipient.

The first time the marathon was added, it was won by a Greek water carrier, who asked for a horse & cart as his prize.

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