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How long have the Olympics been going on?

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The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, while the ancient Olympic Games were played between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles, according to legend. The games were abolished by Roman emperor, Theodosius I, due to perceived Pagan influences.

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The modern Olympic Games were inspired by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, who saw sport as a way to create well-rounded individuals and promote peace between nations. Pierre de Coubertin created the Union des Sociétés Francaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA) in 1890, and four years later international delegates agreed to recreate the Olympic spirit. The International Olympic Committee was then formed to oversee the process, and Athens was chosen to be the first host in 1896.

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    How long are the Olympics?

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    The modern summer and winter Olympic Games stretch across 16 or 17 consecutive days of competition. The summer games generally feature more countries competing in more events, because countries with a lack of cold weather often do not participate in the winter games.

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    When did the first Olympic games take place?

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    The first recorded ancient Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. on the plains of Olympia, Greece. The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

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    Where did the Olympic Games originate?

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    How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympics?

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    The age limit for competing in the Olympic Games varies with each international sports federation, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic charter does not set an age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games.

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