I thought back for a moment to 1896 and imagined participating in the Olympics, but the stadium is much smaller than any now as then everyone stood up and cheered the winners. I was impressed with the simplicity of the stadium and of course, the symbol of the Olympics, the five Olympic rings. At the entrance you can see four stones carved with all the Olympics history from 1896 to the present. Some interesting information. The I Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens between 6 and April 15, 1896 and King George I of Greece opened it. 241 athletes participated male (no female participation) from 14 countries, competing in 9 sports and 43 specialties.