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The first Olympics were held in Greece more than 2,500 years ago. In 776 b.c. they featured just one event—a footrace. Boxing, Wrestling, Chariot Racing, and the pentathlon (which consists of five different events) came later. The Olympic Games were held every four years for more than 1,000 years, until a.d. 393, when a Roman emperor stopped them. 1896 The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. A total of 312 athletes from 13 nations participated in nine sports. 1900 Women competed in the Olympic Games for the first time. 1908 For the first time, medals were awarded to the first three people to finish each event—a gold for first, a silver for second, and a bronze for third. 1920 The Olympic flag was raised for the first time, and the Olympic oath was introduced. The five interlaced rings of the flag represent: Africa, America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 1924 The first Winter Olympics, featuring skiing and skating events, were held. The Olympic flame was introduced at the Olympic Games. A relay of runners carries a torch with the flame from Olympia, Greece, to the site of each Olympics. 1994 Starting with the 1994 Winter Olympics, the winter and summer Games have been held two years apart, instead of in the same year.

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