Google Doodle commemorates the 120th Anniversary of the First Modern Olympic Games

Google Doodle celebrates 120 years of the Modern Olympic Games with four doodles based on various events


Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 120th anniversary of the 1896 Summer Olympics. The modern revival of the ancient games was officially called "Games of the I Olympiad" and was opened by King George I of Greece in Athens at the Panathinaiko stadium. The games have become increasingly popular since then, and are held every four years with two war time exceptions in 1940 and 1944. The Games did not return to Greece till the Summer 2004 Olympics.

There are four variations by professional Google Doodler Olivia Huynh and can all be seen by refreshing the Google homepage. The main event was the marathon, which was won by Greek champion athlete Spyridon "Spyro" Louis.

The second doodle shows the weightlifting event, which was a tie between Scotland's Launceston Elliot and Denmark's Viggo Jensen. Both contenders lifted equal weight, but Jensen was declared the winner by the judges for doing it with more style.

The rules for the event have changed since then. The third doodle shows Switzerland's Louis Zutter on the pommel horse. The fourth doodle shows American Robert Garrett who won the gold medal for shot put as well as discus throw. Greek athletes were expected to win both events.

This year's Summer Olympics are going to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. More than 10,500 athelets will compete for 306 medals in 28 sports.


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