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

The Opening Ceremony

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The second opening ceremony was held on April 6, Greek Independence Day. According to reports, the stadium could hold, 45,000 participants but 80,000 people were in attendance. 

It was at this event that an orchestra performed “Cantata for the Olympic Games” by Spiridion Samara, and this would become the official Olympic Anthem moving forward.

Unlike modern games where the March of Athletes happens at the opening ceremony and the games begin the next day, the first events took place shortly after the opening ceremony.

Some of these elements can be seen in the opening ceremony video, which we’ll post later in the story.