Meet The Very First “Team USA” From The 1896 Olympics

The Opening Ceremony

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Held April and 6, 1896 in Athens, Greece, the opening ceremony was held at the Panathenaic Stadium and offered many firsts. 

  • First Olympic Opening Ceremony of the Modern Era
  • First Use of the Olympic Anthem
  • First Modern Olympic Games in Europe
  • First Use of an Orchestra
  • First Use of a Choir
  • First Incorporation of a Religious Service with the Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • First Parade of Athletes (not separated by country)