On 6 April 1896 at the Acropolis, King George of Greece (the country of the ancient Games) officially opened the Athens Olympic Games in front of 60,000 people.
241 (men only) competitors from 14 nations participated in 9 sports and 43 events over 2 weeks. United States won 11 gold medals only one ahead of the host nation, Greece.
The events included swimming, athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
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