1896: First International Olympics held in Athens, Greece
The Ancient Greeks loved their sports. Fitness, athletic training, and sports competitions were favorite activities of the Greeks. As far back as 1300 BC, the Ancient Greeks held a giant sports competition every four years to honor their god, Zeus, who ruled over Mount Olympus. They called these competitions the Olympics.
Athletes came together from all the Greek city states to compete in events such as foot races, wrestling, chariot racing, boxing, and more. The games thrived until the Roman Emperor Theodosius I, who lived from the year 347 to 395, banned the Olympics. More than 1,500 years later, however, in 1896, the Olympic games were reborn.