At the 2014 Winter Olympic games, more than 2,800 athletes from 88 different countries participated. At the 2012 Summer Games, athletes from 204 countries were represented.
While some countries sent more than 200 participants to the 2014 Winter Olympics, 18 nations sent just one athlete. Additionally, five countries made their Olympic debut in 2014: Malta, Paraguay, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Zimbabwe. The number of countries taking part in the Olympics has increased steadily over the years; the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece saw athletes representing 14 nations, while the first Winter event in Chamonix, France in 1924 fielded participants from 16 nations.Learn More
The summer and winter Olympic Games are each held every four years. A decision by the International Olympic Committee in 1986 placed the two events, which had been held during the same year every four years for decades, on separate cycles.Full Answer >
The first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 B.C. The games took place every four years until 393 A.D., when Emperor Theodosius outlawed the contests because he believed they were a pagan ritual. The ancient games were part of a festival that honored Zeus.Full Answer >
The Olympia track measured 200 meters, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The 200-meter stade race event took place on this track, as competitors would race on foot from one end to the other.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >