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What year did the Olympics start?

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The first modern Olympic Games occurred in the year of 1896. These games took place in Athens, Greece. There were athletes from 14 different nations in attendance.

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The majority of athletes for the first Olympics were of Greek, German, French and British nationalities.

The Olympic Games of the modern era derived from the games that took place in Ancient Greece, which is why the first official city to host the Olympics was Athens. The host city was chosen by the International Olympic Committee.

The athlete who received the most medals in the Games was German wrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann, winning four events.

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