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Inspired by the Ancient Greeks, the Olympic games were revived in 1896 as a large international sporting competition of amateur athletes. “Friendly competition,” however, sometimes turned slightly bitter as countries sought to assert dominance on the world stage through the competitive games. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 1896. First modern Olympic games are held in Athens, Greece.
  • 1900. Paris, France hosts the Olympic games in conjunction with the World Fair.
  • 1904. St. Louis, Missouri, hosts the Olympics in conjunction with the World Fair, causing the games to last several months.
  • 1906. Smaller games are hosted in Athens, Greece. Although called the “Olympics” at the time, there is debate over whether to recognize the games as such.
  • 1908. London, Great Britain hosts the Olympics.
  • 1912. Stockholm, Sweden hosts the Olympics.
  • 1916. Olympic games are supposed to be held in Berlin, Germany, but are cancelled due to World War I.
  • 1920. Antwerp, Belgium hosts the Olympic games despite recovering from destruction from World War I.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Olympics, Olympiad, Olympic games.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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