Athens 1896

Τhe Panathenaic Stadium

In ancient times, it was used to host the Panathenaic Games, in honour of the Goddess Athena. A wealthy businessman George Averoff agreed to pay for the restoration of the Panathinaiko Stadium, which would eventually cost 920,000 drachmas. As a tribute to his generosity, a statue of Averoff was constructed and unveiled on 5 April outside of the stadium, where it still stands.

The first Olympic winner

James Brendan Connolly, became the first Olympic champion of the modern era on the first day of the Games, winning the triple jump with a leap of 13.71 meters. Connoly later became a journalist and he died on 1951, at the age of 88.

The participation

Although the number of participating athletes was low by current standards, it had the largest international participation for any sports event to that date. In spite of the absence of many of the time's top athletes, the Games were a success with the Greek public. The concept of national teams was not a major part of the Olympic movement until the Intercalated Games ten years later, though many sources list the nationality of competitors in 1896 and give medal counts. Most sources list 13 competing nation including Greece

The hilight of the Games

Yet the most impressive story of the Games was one involving a marathon-winning from the Athens area: Spiridon Louys. Emulating the journey in 490 BC of the soldier Philippides, who ran 40km between the village of marathon and the olympic stadium in Athens to announce the victory of Greece over Persia, Louys ran the distance in 2 hours, 58 minutes and 50 seconds. Louys' triumph sent the country wild. It was just one of many eventual victories for the host country, who finished with 50 places of honor (given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places).

A great success

Athens proved that the rebirth of the Olympic Games was a worthwhile project, and one which could be expanded in the future. Although the competition was not of the highest quality, the 1896 Olympics were considered a great success, in large part because of the enthusiasm of the Greek spectators. At the closing banquet, King George of Greece suggested that Athens should become the permanent home of the Olympic Games, but Coubertin and the IOC stuck to the original idea of holding the 1900 games in Paris.

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Ελληνικές Συμμετοχές: 55
Flag bearer: Δήμας Πύρρος
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Μετάλλια

Spyridon Louis: Gold Medal, Athletics, Athnes 1896
Yiannis Mitropoulos: Gold Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Yiannis Georgiadis: Gold Medal, Fencing, Athens 1896
Periklis Pierrakos Mavromichalis: Bronze Medal, Fencing, Athens 1896
Tilemachos Karakalos: Silver Medal, Fencing, Athens 1896
Leon Pyrgos: Gold Medal, Fencing, Athens 1896
Nikos Morakis: Bronze Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Yiannis Fragoudis: Bronze Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Orfanidis: Gold Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Yiannis Fragoudis: Gold Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Orfanidis: Silver Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Yiannis Fragoudis: Silver Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Ethnikos (1896): Bronze Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Panellinios (1896): Silver Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Stamatis Nikolopoulos: Silver Medal, Cycling, Athens 1896
Stamatis Nikolopoulos: Silver Medal, Cycling, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Paraskevopoulos: Bronze Medal, Cycling, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Kolletis: Silver Medal, Cycling, Athens 1896
Aristidis Konstantinidis: Gold Medal, Cycling, Athens 1896
Stefanos Christopoulos: Bronze Medal, Wrestling, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Tsitas: Silver Medal, Wrestling, Athens 1896
Aristovoulos Petmezas : Bronze Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Petros Persakis: Bronze Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Nikos Andriakopoulos: Gold Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Thomas Xenakis: Silver Medal, Gymnastics, Athens 1896
Nikos Trikoupis: Bronze Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Pavlos Pavlidis: Silver Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Pantelis Karasevdas : Gold Medal, Shooting, Athens 1896
Dimitris Drivas: Bronze Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos: Silver Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Miltiadis Gouskos: Silver Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Sotiris Versis: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Charilaos Vasilakos: Silver Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Yiorgos Papasideris: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Dimitris Golemis: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Evangellos Damaskos: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Yiannis Theodoropoulos: Bronze Medal, Athletics, Athens 1896
Sotiris Versis: Bronze Medal, Weightlifting, Athens 1896
Dionisis Kasdaglis: Silver Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Kostas Paspatis: Bronze Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Yiannis Andreou: Silver Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Yiannis Andreou: Bronze Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Stathis Chorafas: Silver Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Stathis Chorafas: Bronze Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Stathis Chorafas: Bronze Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Antonis Pepanos: Silver Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Antonis Pepanos: Bronze Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Dionisis Kasdaglis: Silver Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Alexandros Nikolopoulos : Bronze Medal, Weightlifting, Athens 1896
Dimitris Petrokokkinos: Silver Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Aristidis Akratopoulos: Bronze Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Kostas Akratopoulos: Bronze Medal, Tennis, Athens 1896
Spiros Chazapis: Silver Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896
Yiannis Malokinis: Gold Medal, Aquatics, Athens 1896