The original Olympic Games were started in 776 BC in Olympia. It were a series of athletic competitions held between various city-states of Ancient Greece.
The first of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Games were the 1896 Summer Olympics, held in Athens, Greece. From the 241 participants from 14 nations in 1896, the Games grew to nearly 11,100 competitors from 202 countries at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
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