First time a the Olympics

Olympic Museum

Arts festival, Olympic 1912
Charter, Olympic 1908
Coin, first Olympic 1952
Computer 1964
Congress, Olympic 1894
Doping Test 1968
Doves, white   opening ceremony 1924
Electronic timing 1912
Flame, Olympic, in Stadion 1928
Flag, Olympic 1920
Gender testing  1968
Gold-Medal 1904
Hymn, Olympic 1896
Mascot 1972
Marathon distance, first 1908
Motto, Olympic 1924
National anthem at winner ceremony 1932
Oath, Olympic  1920
Oath for Judges,  and Official 1972
Olympic Games, First modern 1896
Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony 1908
Photo finish 1912
Photography rights were sold  1928
Professionals 1984
Radio transmissions 1924
Result board 1928
Slow-motion film techniques 1928
Stamps,  1896
Television 1936
Television, live colour pictures 1964
Timing, automatic for track events 1932
Three-tiered victory stand 1932
Torch Relay 1936
Village, Olympic  1924
Website 1996
Winter Games, First Olympic 1924
Winter events, first 1908
Women participate for the first time 1900


1st Olympic Congress : 16 - 24. June 1894 Paris (Founding Congress)
Subject: Study and Diffusion of the Principles of Amateurism and Revival of the Olympic Games.                                     

1896 Athens

First Modern Olympic Games held in Athens.                Statistic first games


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.

1900 Paris

Women participate for the first time
First female winner: Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain in singles tennis.

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 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. 

1906 Athens


1908 London


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..

1912 Stockholm


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.

First Olympic Arts festival.

1920 Antwerp


Olympic flag first flown at Games 1920 in Antwerp.
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 of white doves at the opening ceremony as a symbol of peace among nations.

1924 Paris


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 father 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. Moritz. 

1928 Amsterdam


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 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.

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 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 and the
national flag of medallists raised.

1936 Berlin


The Berlin Games were the first to be televised, with events broadcast throughout the
Olympic Village, as well as German public halls and theatres. Results were transmitted
internationally by telex, and newsreel film was rushed abroad via zeppelins. 


First runner of the torch relay, Konstantin Kondylis

First Olympic torch relay.               1936 Torch relay

First Olympic Film

1948 London


Fanny Blankers-Koen of Netherlands is first woman to win 4 gold medals in a single Games.

1952 Helsinki


The first Olympic coin was minted to mark the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, 500 markka.

1956 Melbourne


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. 

1960 Rome


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. 

1964 Tokyo


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 permanent 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.

1972 Munich


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, which govern
them, in the spirit of sportsmanship".

First woman oath,  Heidi Schüller, Germany

1976 Montreal


Anabolic steroid testing introduced.

1980 Moscow


1984 Los Angeles


Professionals allowed to compete in the Games.

1988 Seoul


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. 

1992 Barcelona


1996 Atlanta


1996 - In conjunction with the Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the first-ever Olympic Games website   received 189 million hits. 

2000 Sydney


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 consecutive Olympic Games.

Information technology was key to the running of the Games, and web hits during the Games in Sydney escalated to 11.3 billion. 

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