Coolest Olympic Stadiums
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1896 Olympics, Athens
The Olympics, as we know them, started here, fittingly in Greece and in a marble U-shaped stadium modeled on that built by Lycurgus around 330 B.C. for the Panathenian games. The original was lost and buried until excavations in the 1830s uncovered traces of the ancient marble. It was rebuilt in time for the opening ceremony of the 1896 games, and also hosted the archery and the finishing line for the marathon at the 2004 games.
Gold Medal Moment: In 1896, James Connolly won the first Olympic medal in more than 1,500 years (in the triple jump). He went on to win an additional silver and bronze medal for the U.S.
Nowadays: Run on the same track that the first modern Olympians did—open to joggers from 7:30 to 9 a.m. daily.