Profile America -- Wednesday, April 6th. After a pause of some 1,500 years, the Olympic games resumed on this date in 1896 in Athens, Greece. The rebirth was sparked by the discovery and excavation of the ancient site of the original games, first held in the 8th century, B.C. The statistics are not known for sure, but many experts think there some 245 male athletes competed, from 13 or 14 nations. Greece won 47 medals, while the U.S. was second with 19. Across the country, more than 7-1/2 million young men and women dream of the Olympics as they take part in high school sports, while nearly 430,000 continue to compete in college. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 208
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1247, 1246
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