|Arts festival, Olympic||1912|
|Coin, first Olympic||1952|
|Doves, white opening ceremony||1924|
|Flame, Olympic, in Stadion||1928|
|Marathon distance, first||1908|
|National anthem at winner ceremony||1932|
|Oath for Judges, and Official||1972|
|Olympic Games, First modern||1896|
|Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony||1908|
|Photography rights were sold||1928|
|Slow-motion film techniques||1928|
|Television, live colour pictures||1964|
|Timing, automatic for track events||1932|
|Three-tiered victory stand||1932|
|Winter Games, First Olympic||1924|
|Winter events, first||1908|
|Women participate for the first time||1900|
|1st Olympic Congress : 16 - 24. June 1894 Paris
Subject: Study and Diffusion of the Principles of Amateurism and Revival of the Olympic Games.
|First Modern Olympic Games held in
The Olympic Hymn of 1896. The text is by Kostis
Palamas, the music is
by Spyros Samaras.
|Women participate for the first time
First female winner: Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain in singles tennis.
|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 medal 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 money left to mint them in gold.|
Introduction of athletes parading during the opening ceremony behind their national flags.
First winter events
The Olympic Charter was first adopted in 1908.
First Marathon distance, 26 miles 385 yards; 42 km 195 m,
For the first time the teams and competitors were representatives of countries and not of clubs or just individuals..
Electronic timing introduced
Photo finish equipment first used in close finish track events.
First known twins to win Olympic Gold (Carlberg brothers, shooting)
Introduction of athlete carrying a sign with the name of the respective country on it.
flag first flown at Games 1920
The honour of swearing the first oath fell to the
Belgian polo player
an fencer Victor Boin.
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 of 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.
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. Moritz.
First Olympic Flame to be lit and burned
throughout whole Olympic Games
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 events.
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 firm.
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 determine the winner of the 100 meters race by naked eye and stop watch alone, newsreel film was analyzed to determine that Eddie Tolan (U.S.) was the gold medal winner.
First time the national anthem from the winner's
country was played
The Berlin Games were the first to be televised,
with events broadcast
First runner of the torch relay, Konstantin Kondylis
First Olympic torch relay. 1936 Torch relay
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 (Melbourne)
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 boycotted the sale of television rights to the Games. As a result, only six pre-recorded, half-hour programs were accessible on a few independent channels in the U.S.
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.
Gender testing introduced.
Oath for judges introduced.
In the Games of Munich in 1972, the judges took
the following oath,
for the first time: "In
First woman oath, Heidi Schüller, Germany
Anabolic steroid testing introduced.
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 competed in speed skating and cycling.
1996 - In conjunction with the Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the first-ever Olympic Games website received 189 million hits.
First time North and South Korea entered the main
Olympic stadium as
one nation at the opening ceremony.
Information technology was key to the running of the Games, and web hits during the Games in Sydney escalated to 11.3 billion.