Games of the I Olympiad
The Games of the I Olympiad, otherwise known as the 1896 Athens Summer Olympics, was the first modern international Olympic Games.
The cover page of the Olympic Hymn by Spyros Samaras, 1896
The opening ceremony
The official poster of the games
The International Olympics Commission, in Paris, 1896
Commemorative Greek stamps
French cyclists Paul Masson and Léon Flameng. Masson won the one lap time trial, the sprint event and the 10,000 meters.
German individual gymnastics champions Carl Schuhmann, Alfred Flatow and Hermann Weingärtner.
Launceston Elliot, winner of the one-armed weightlifting event, was popular with Greek ladies at the time.
Competitors from Princeton University
A silver medal was awarded to the winner of each event.
Cover of Scribner’s, 1896. One of few publications which covered the games.