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Friday, April 6, 2012

Modern Olympic Games reborn in 1896

On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition.

In addition to the sports competition they have evolved in major marketing events for the host destination. London is banking on major “Olympic” dollars I should say “pounds” this year.

The Olympics definitely help improve the local infrastructure. Atlanta’s light rail system was developed to handle the crowds and other ski resorts have had their lift capabilities greatly increased.

And what grand TV coverage they make too!