Although the ancient Games were staged in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BC through 393 AD, it took 1503 years for the Olympics to return. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The man responsible for its rebirth was a Frenchman named Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who presented the idea in 1894.
How old are the Olympics?
The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 B.C., but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old at that time. The ancient Olympics, held every four years, occurred during a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus.
Where was the first Olympic Games held?
Who is the youngest person to go to the Olympics?
Pushing boundaries. The youngest known Olympian to take home a medal was 10-year-old Dimitrios Loundras, who finished third in the team parallel bars at the 1896 Olympic Games.
What is the youngest age to be in the Olympics?
The youngest athlete in the Tokyo Games is Hend Zaza, 12, a table tennis player from Syria. She is the youngest Olympian since 1992, when 11-year-old Carlos Front competed for Spain in rowing and 12-year-old Judit Kiss participated in the swimming for Hungary.
Who won the first Olympics?
On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years.
Do you get paid to be in the Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee, the Games’ organizing body, doesn’t pay any athletes who participate in a particular Olympiad, or give out prize money for medals. It’s akin to how leagues like the NFL and the NBA don’t pay players; instead, individual teams in the league are responsible for providing compensation.