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A Brief History of the Olympic Games

Some 1500 years after the Olympic Games of ancient Greece were abolished by Roman Emperor Theodosius l in 393 AD, they were revived by the determined enthusiasm of Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the subsequent formation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. Two years later, the first Summer Games of the modern Olympic movement were held in Athens.

It was not until after 1924, the year Chamonix had hosted an unrelated and highly successful International Winter Sports Week, that the IOC was persuaded to contemplate a separate Games for Winter Sports. During the 1926 IOC Session in Lisbon, the event at Chamonix was subsequently recognized as the first official Olympic Winter Games.

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