Athens 2004 Olympic Games
Athens 2004 Olympic Games - XXIII Olympiad
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece from August 13th to August 29th, 2004 with the motto "Welcome Home".
Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. It was also the first time since 1896 that the Olympics were held in Greece.
10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports.
Paralympic Games 2004
On 17th September 2004, the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games began with a colourful and spectacular Opening Ceremony, marking the beginning of the unique Games and bringing together the world's best athletes with a disability. Seventy-three of the 136 competing nations won at least one medal during these Paralympic Games: several of these countries secured their first medal in Paralympic Games history. For 17 countries, these were their first Paralympics ever.
Ten Funny, Clean, Meaningful and Amusing Olympic Quotes from Athens
The Inevitable Drug Controversy
What accident are they talking about?
It's just an alibi.
He fell into a trap all by himself but he took down all of Greece with him. - Greek sports fan angry at Olympic 200m champion Kostadinos Kenteris who missed a drugs test and then ended up in hospital after a motorcycle accident.
Kostas Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou were rightly banned for failing to turn up for a drugs test. While their story of a motorcycle crash was fascinating, few believe it was a true account of that evening. This saga contrasts with the 1980 Moscow Olympics where drug taking was probably rife, but those who tried to catch the cheats were hamstrung by ineffective rules and tests.
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The Most Famous Long Distance Race - The Marathon
U.K. Teenagers of the 1970's thought Marathon was a chocolate bar! Naturally you know it was the the Greek city where the Phedippedes finished his epic run.
The Marathon race legend tells us that Phedippedes ran from Marathon on one coast, over the hills to Athens and brought word of a great victory for the Greeks lead by Callimachus over the Persians lead by Darius.
They call the race the 'Marathon' not the 'Athens' . The crucial point is that Marathon is on the opposite coast from Athens and was the site of a famous Greek victory against the Persians (Modern Turkey / Iran).
No wonder they refer to these legends as Greek tragedies; in this instance sadly, the Spartans hit a religious time-out and would not help the Athenians, and Phedippedes himself, hit a terminal 'Blue Screen' when he returned to Athens to tell of the tell Sparta of the impending Persian 490 BC.
Athens to Sparta is 140 miles, so the 2004 marathon will NOT be following the original course! Phedippedes covered the ground in 36 hrs, I cannot help wondering if the legend embellished the story, or whether he had the occasional horse ride?
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