Today marks the 120th Anniversary of the First Modern Era Olympics that were held in Athens, Greece. Participating athletes were given olive wreaths to wear as they would have done in Ancient Greece. Despite the fact that the games were first held in Athens in 1896, the games didn’t return until 2004. That’s 108 years later!
The London Olympics, in 1948 were the first televised Olympics. London is the only city to have hosted the games 3 times. The games have been held continuously ever four years since 1896 with the exception of 1940 and 1944 during the time of World War II.
This years Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro which is the second largest city in Brazil and will go from August 5, 2016 – August 21,2016. This Summer ’16 Olympics will be the first Olympics held in South America. The list of all host cities for the Olympics thus far and the future cities can be found here.
This will be the final Olympics for two legends in the games history including Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and our own Michael Phelps. Usain Bolt, known as “The Lightning Bolt”, is the fastest man to ever be timed and holds world records in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4 x 100 meter relay with his fellow teammates. These records seem to be untouchable. He is the first man ever to hold the record in both the 100 and 200 meter runs and is my favorite athlete competing this year in the games.
Michael Phelps of the United States, on the other hand, is the most decorated swimmer in history with 22 medals and is the all-time gold medal leader with 18 gold medals (He doubles the second highest medal holders in this category!).