Olympic Games 1896 Athens

1st Olympiad


Sports: 9

Events: 43

National Teams: 14

Participants: 176


Diploma Olympic Games 1896 Athens

Description: At the top is the Parthenon with the Greek flag, phoenix rising above. Winged victory at right extending an olive branch. Hellas seated at left, relief of the ancient Olympic Games in center.
Size: 60 x 48 cm
Design by: Nikolaos Gyzis;  *01.03.1842  +04.01.1901

Distribution of prizes 1896
As soon as the King had taken his seat Mr Robertson, from Oxford University advanced towards him, and read an ode which he had composed for the occasion to celebrate the glory of the Olympic Games. In this ode written in Ancient Greek in Pindarian meter, the poet gave vent to the most noble sentiments, which only an ardent love and knowledge of Ancient Greece could have inspired him. The King lent a most attentive ear to the recital of those beautiful verses, and the audience cheered heartily when the poet had finished speaking. After having warmly congratulated Mr Robertson the King stepped on a sort of platform, erected before the Royal seats, and richly decorated with carpets and flags. On a small table were placed the olivebranches, to remind one of the ancient Altis, some laurel branches and the different diplomas, written on blue or white paper and folded up in long rolls. The medals, struck in silver for the first, and in bronze for the second prizes, were real masterpieces of workmanship; the model being engraved by the celebrated artist Chaplain. 
After each call the winner mounted the stand and bowing before the King, who had a few kind words to say to everyone, received the diploma, the prizemedal and the olive branch. The King shook hands with each winner, who after a respectful bow retired to make room for the next champion. Each competitor received of course an ovation from the assembled crowd. 

(Source document:   Official Report 1896, page 111)

Mention of sources:
Most of the Olympic-Diplomas in the Museum are pictures from the German Report: 
"Olympische Siege", Medaillen - Diplome - Ehrungen, from Sport Verlag Berlin, Germany, printed 2000
Karl Lennartz, Walter Borgers and Andreas Höfer, ISBN 3-328-00865-9,


Other Olympic Winner Diplomas: