Before I write about the modern Olympics, I need to pick up from my last Olympics post (This week in Canadian History – January Week 3).
In 1612, the Cotswold Olimpik Games were founded in England. Then, an Oxford scholar discovered the original site of Olympia, Greece, in 1766. A little later, in 1829, the Temple of Zeus was found by French archaeologists.
The next event of note was on June 23, 1894, when the International Olympic Committee is formed. Baron Pierre de Coubertin convened the first Olympic Congress in Paris, France. The first official international Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.
And so begins Canada’s participation in the Olympic Games. The second Olympic Games was held in 1900, in Paris, France, in conjunction with the Paris World’s Fair. Canada returned home with 2 medals. The third Olympic Games, in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, Canada won 6…
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