The first Olympic Games – level 2
On April 6, 1896, 125 years ago, the first modern Olympic Games started in Athens, Greece.
The Games lasted 10 days and 241 athletes took part. The athletes came from 14 countries, and they competed in 43 different events. All athletes were European, but there was one exception, the US team. Winners got a silver medal and athletes who were second got a copper medal.
Later, the International Olympic Committee changed these prizes. Winners got a gold medal, and athletes who were second got a silver medal. Athletes on third place got a copper medal.
The 1896 Olympics were the largest sporting event so far, and they were very successful. Greece hosted the Olympics again 108 years later, in Summer 2004.
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