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April 6, 1896....The day the Olympics were reestablished after the ancient games were banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Thank you King Georgios I of Greece for bringing them back!

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Performers dressed as ancient greek statues/Athens HHH - Olympic Games 2004 - Images

Athens 2004, bronze medal in wrestling. Artiom Kiouregkian

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Performers dressed as ancient greek statues/Athens2004 Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games

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from The Daily Beast

Royal Olympians: Zara Phillips, Prince Albert II of Monaco & More (Photos)

As crown prince of Greece, Constantine won a gold medal for his country in sailing (Dragon class) at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He ascended the throne four years later, but in 1973 the monarchy was abolished. In 2004, Constantine II made a triumphant return from exile when the Olympics returned to Athens. “I remember I had the privilege of holding the flag, when our team came in and the roar of the crowd was something that is still in my ears,” he told Katie Couric about the 1960 Games.

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Performers dressed as ancient greek statues/Opening Ceremony Athens Olympic Games 2004

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American Olympian Paula Jean Myers-Pope took Rome by storm in 1960 with her dazzling diving performance.

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from Screener

Pictures: Carnival around the world

1994 Lillehammer Olympics

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from Foursquare

Nagano, Japan

Nagano 1998

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