By Lisa Goudy
Last week marked the 120th anniversary of the first international Olympic Games in modern times.
It is fitting, then, that the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio are also marking a first for the games as the first Olympics to be held in South America from Aug. 5 to 21.
On April 6, 1896, the I Olympiad, a multi-sport event, was held in Athens, Greece until April 15 of that year. According to Olympic.org, the original tournament only featured 14 countries, 43 events and nine sports for a total of 241 athletes. There weren’t any women’s events and there were six venues. First place was a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma and second place was a copper medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma.