History of the Games

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Politics and the Olympics
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The Olympics in Photos

The Olympics in Photos

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The year 776 B.C. is considered to be the founding date of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The Games lasted more than 11 centuries until they were banned in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Theodosius I. The first 13 Olympic Games, which were held every four years, featured only one sport, a footrace covering a distance of 192 meters (630 feet).