First Time at Olympic Summer - Games
|Arts festival, Olympic
|Coin, first Olympic
|Doves, white opening ceremony
|Flame, Olympic, in Stadion
|Marathon distance, first
|National anthem at winner ceremony
|Oath for Judges, and Official
|Olympic Games, First modern
|Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony
|Photography rights were sold
|Slow-motion film techniques
|Television, live colour pictures
|Timing, automatic for track events
|Three-tiered victory stand
|Winter Games, First Olympic
|Winter events, first
|Women participate for the first time
|1st Olympic Congress : 16 - 24. June 1894 Paris
Subject: Study and Diffusion of the Principles of Amateurism and
of the Olympic
|First Modern Olympic Games held in
The Olympic Hymn of 1896. The text is by Kostis
Palamas, the music is
by Spyros Samaras.
It was presented for the first time in the opening ceremony of the
first modern Olympic Games.
|Women participate for the first time
First female winner: Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain in singles
1904 St. Louis
|In 1904, for the first time, medals were awarded
to the first three
people to finish each event--a gold medal for first place, a silver
for second, and a bronze medal for third. At the Athens Games 1896 the
winners in each event received silver medals, as there was not enough
left to mint them in gold.
|Introduction of athletes parading during the
opening ceremony behind
their national flags.
First winter events
Olympic Charter was first adopted
First Marathon distance, 26 miles 385 yards; 42 km
For the first time the teams and competitors were
countries and not of clubs or just individuals..
Electronic timing introduced
Photo finish equipment first used in close finish
First known twins to win Olympic Gold (Carlberg
Introduction of athlete carrying a sign with the
name of the respective
country on it.
Olympic Arts festival.
flag first flown at Games 1920
Coubertin represent the flag on the Olympic Congress 1914 in Paris.
The honour of swearing the first oath fell to the
Belgian polo player
an fencer Victor Boin.
The Olympic oath
Defeated in WWI, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany,
Hungary and Turkey are
not allowed to participate.
First time of innovation at the Antwerp Games was
the releasing of thousands
white doves at the opening ceremony as a symbol of peace among nations.
|In 1924 for the first time, the Games returned to
a former venue.
The Paris Games were the fist to have an Olympic
Village for the athletes.
Olympic motto first officially used.
The president of France, Gaston Doumergue, opened the first Games to
adopt the slogan:
"Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Swifter, Higher, Stronger)
It was pronounced for the first time from the Dominican
Eric Dinon and was
adopted in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.
1924 - Technology begins to win a place at the
Olympic Games with the
event's first live radio broadcast.
First Olympic Winter Games held in St.
|First Olympic Flame to be lit and burned
throughout whole Olympic Games
Olympic flame burned at the stadion for the first time ever.
First introduction of large results board. The
objekt of a score board
was to publish the results of the events immediately.
Women allowed to compete in track and field
First time Greece led parade of nations.
Slow-motion film techniques used to judge close
finishes; women's track
and field competitions held for first time.
The photography rights were sold to a commercial
1932 Los Angeles
|Introduction of three-tiered victory stand.
Kirby Two-Eyed Electric Timing Camera
The stop-watch and photo finish were first used at
the Olympic Games
in Los Angeles, California. When officials found it impossible to
the winner of the 100 meters race by naked eye and stop watch
newsreel film was analyzed to determine that Eddie Tolan
the gold medal winner.
First time the national anthem from the winner's
country was played
national flag of medallists raised.
|The Berlin Games were the first to be televised,
with events broadcast
Olympic Village, as well as German public halls and theatres. Results
internationally by telex, and newsreel film was rushed abroad via
First runner of the torch relay, Konstantin
First Olympic torch
First Olympic Film
|Fanny Blankers-Koen of Netherlands is first woman
to win 4 gold medals
in a single Games.
|The first Olympic coin was minted to mark the
1952 Olympic Games in
Helsinki, Finland, 500 markka.
|First Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere
Athletes entered during the closing ceremony en
masse for the first
time to signify the friendship of the Games
Although live television coverage of the Olympic
Games was available
internationally for the first time, Europe and the US
sale of television rights to the Games. As a result, only six
half-hour programs were accessible on a few independent channels in the
|First live transmission and first to have
world-wide TV coverage
Free of television rights boycotts, the summer
Games held later that
year in Rome were the first to be fully televised.
|Time keeping and photo finish officially used.
First live colour pictures.
Opening ceremonies broadcast via satellite to U. S. for first time.
Results were stored on computers for the first time, marking the
pervasion of computer technology into the Olympics Games.
1968 Mexico City
|Gender testing introduced.
First woman to light Olympic flame (Norma Enriqueta Basilio)
First official Olympic mascot (red jaguar)
Fosbury flop first seen.
First doping test.
|Oath for judges introduced.
In the Games of Munich in 1972, the judges took
the following oath,
for the first time: "In
the name of all judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate
in these Olympic
Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules,
them, in the spirit of sportsmanship".
First woman oath, Heidi Schüller, Germany
|Anabolic steroid testing introduced.
1984 Los Angeles
|Professionals allowed to compete in the Games.
|Christa Luding-Rothenburger became the first, and
only, athlete to
win winter and summer Olympic Games medals in the same year. She
in speed skating and cycling.
|1996 - In conjunction with the Games in Atlanta,
Georgia, the first-ever
Olympic Games website received 189 million
|First time North and South Korea entered the main
Olympic stadium as
one nation at the opening ceremony.
Steven Redgrave became the first rower to win gold medals at five
Information technology was key to the running of
the Games, and web
hits during the Games in Sydney escalated to 11.3 billion.