The first opening ceremonies were held during the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the procession of athletes is always led by the Greek team, followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order (in the language of the hosting country), except for the last team which is always the team of the hosting country.
James B. Connolly (United States), winner of the hop, step, and jump (the first final event in the 1896 Olympics), was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games.
Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the
friendship to be gained from these international competitions. The rings, from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games.
Women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at the second modern Olympic Games.
Tennis was played at the Olympics until 1924, then reinstituted in 1988.
Motor boating was an official sport at the 1908 Olympics.
Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940, or 1944.
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