History of the Games

Origin and History...
The Modern Olympic Games
The Olympic Principles and Traditions
Politics and the Olympics
Olympic Controversies
The Olympics in Photos

The Olympics in Photos

Photo: Library of Congress/George Grantham Bain Collection
Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France (above) proposed the modern Olympic Games in 1892, and in 1894 he helped form the International Olympic Committee, which has governed the Games ever since. Coubertin became the organization's first secretary-general.