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Summer Olympic History

Posted: Tuesday August 3, 2004 3:19AM; Updated: Wednesday August 11, 2004 9:37PM
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  The 1896 opening ceremonies
The opening ceremonies at the 1896 Athens Olympics.
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YEAR-BY-YEAR

Summaries and medal standings

BACKGROUND

Facts on Olympic history

COMPLETE COVERAGE

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Covers Database

MEDALS

By country and year | U.S. totals

By event

EVENTS

Athletics (Men) | Athletics (Women) | Marathon | Swimming | Tennis

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

 Tragedy cast a pall over Munich Games

• Boycott, records galore at Montreal Games

• Lewis poetry in motion at 1984 Showbiz Games

• Seoul Games scarred by riots, Johnson

• Ali, Johnson eased pain of Atlanta bombing

LEGENDS

Jesse Owens exposed Nazis' Aryan myths

Comaneci still amazed by 1976 feat

Weissmuller turned from pool to jungle loincloth

Zatopek's grimaces hid supremely efficient style

Jim Thorpe cruelly treated by authorities

Nurmi pioneered modern long-distance running

Blankers-Koen an unwilling feminist heroine

• 'Terrific tornado' Didriksen dazzled L.A.

FEATURES

Showbiz, hype reign at opening ceremonies

Rugby School motivated founder of Games

Women cleared hurdles to join Games

Sex, drugs and cheating in 400 B.C.

Athletes long resorted to drugs in hunt for gold | Chronology

ABOUT ATHENS

• Modern Olympics giant returns to humble roots

• Athens' forgotten games seen as Olympic savior

• Games showcase Athens' dreams, tough times

Games to relive former glory in Ancient Olympia

• Timeline: Athens through the ages

• Greek gods plan to beat Roman challengers

• Ancient Athens caught in new light for Olympics

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