1896 Athens vs 2008 Beijing – Olympics

1.Athens 1896
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in Athens, Greece, from April 6 to April 15, 1896. It was the first Olympic Games held in the Modern era.

Beijing 2008
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, is a major international multi-sport event which is being celebrated in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from August 8 (with football starting on August 6) to August 24, 2008.

2.Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, consequently Athens was perceived to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. It was unanimously chosen as the host city during a congress organized by Pierre de Coubertin, a French pedagogue and historian, in Paris, on June 23, 1894.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also established during this congress.

Beijing was elected the host city on July 13, 2001, during the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, beating Toronto, Paris, Istanbul, and Osaka. Prior to the session, five other cities (Bangkok, Cairo, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and Seville) submitted bids to the IOC but failed to make the short list in 2000

241 athletes (0 women, 241 men) competed for 43 events in 9 sports at that time.

10,500 athletes From 205 Nations are expected to compete in 302 events in 28 sports.

4. The total cost of the Games was 3,740,000 drachmas (about US$448,000).

The 2008 Beijing Olympics are officially the most expensive games in history with a total of $40.9 billion spent between 2001 and 2007 on infrastructure, energy, transportation and water supply projects.

5.On April 6 (March 25 according to the Julian calendar), the games of the First Olympiad were officially opened; it was Easter Monday and the anniversary of the Greek War of Independence.

The 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony was held at the Beijing National Stadium. It began at 8:00 PM or 20:00 China Standard Time (UTC+8) on 8 August 2008.The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese culture

6.During the Opening ceremony The Panathinaiko Stadium Main stadium was filled with an estimated 80,000 spectators, including King George I of Greece, his wife Olga, and their sons. Most of the competing athletes were aligned on the infield, grouped by nation.

More than 100 heads of state,91000 spectators and 15,000 performers attended the opening ceremony.The number of heads of state who attended the opening ceremony was by far the largest in Olympic history.

7.Nine bands and 150 choir singers performed an Olympic Hymn, composed by Spyros Samaras, with words by poet Kostis Palamas.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang, British soprano Sarah Brightman and Chinese singer Liu Huan performed during the opening ceremony.

8.Ten of the 14 participating nations earned medals, in addition to three medals won by mixed teams, i.e. teams made up of athletes from multiple nations. The United States won the most gold medals (11), while host nation Greece won the most medals overall (46) as well as the most silver (17) and bronze (19) medals, finishing with one less gold medal than the United States.

Till (11 Aug 2008) China has won Most gold medals(6 in mumbers),with USA winning most medals.

9.During these inaugural Olympics, winners were given a silver medal and an olive branch, while runners-up received a bronze medal and a laurel branch.The IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver and bronze medals to the three best placed athletes in each event to comport with more recent traditions.

Gold,Silver and Bronze Medals are being awarded to the Winners in the 1st,2nd and 3rd Position respectively.

10.James Connolly (USA-athletics) won the triple jump on 6 April 1896, and thus became the first Olympic champion i 1503 years since the Ancient Games. He also finished second in the high jump and third in the long jump. He left Harvard University to travel to Athens on a cargo ship and then by train to compete.

Czech Katerina Emmons won the first gold medal of beijing olympics 2008 i9n women’s 10m air-rifle final.

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