ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games
The long journey of the Olympic Games began more than 2,700 years ago. Records of Olympic history show that the ancient Olympic Games were held in Greece as early as in 776 BC. Navigate through the history of the Games, learn about the culture of the Olympic Movement, and be informed on the latest sport news.
In 2004, the Olympic Games are returning to their ancient birthplace and the city of their revival. Athletes from all nations will unite in Greece to engage in noble competition. The Athens Olympic Games will combine history, culture and
peace with sports and Olympism. The people of Greece shall host unique Games on a human scale, inspiring the world to celebrate Olympic values.
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"As in the daytime there is no star in the sky warmer and brighter than the sun, likewise there is no competition greater than the Olympic Games."
Pindar, Greek lyric poet, 5th century bc.
This view of the Olympic Games has its roots in ancient Greece. Early historic records date the first Ancient Olympic Games to 776 BC, when the core values of Olympism first began to develop into benchmarks of human creativity and excellence. Over the centuries, the Games would illuminate examples of extraordinary achievement. They would become the stage for the celebration of noble competition and the educational value of sport until 393 AD, when Emperor Theodosius abolished them for being "too pagan".
In 1896, thanks to the great efforts of Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, Dimitrios Vikelas, and other contributors, the first Modern Olympic Games were held in the country of their birth. The Greek nation and the whole world embraced their revival and once again turned them into the greatest celebration on earth. In the century to follow, the Games traveled to countries around the world, encountering a wide range of cultures and civilisations, facing new challenges, growing, and evolving.
Within the 28 sports of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, there are a total of 37 disciplines.The new and renewed Olympic venues, along with the other infrastructure projects, which are currently under construction all over Greece, consist Greece’s legacy from the Games. Information and interesting facts, as well as photographs of the 36 Olympic competition venues are available in this section.
Please select the venue or the complex you are interested in visiting, either from the map or from the pictogram of the sport which is going to be held there. In order to see where each sport will be held or which sports will be held in a venue, roll your mouse over the relevant pictogram, venue or complex.
Moreover, the menus at the bottom of the page may help your navigation.
Athletics Modern Pentathlon
Canoeing Table Tennis