Frequent question: Who participated in the first Olympics?

Who was the first Olympic champion?

First Modern Champion

On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years.

How many athletes participated in the 2016 Olympics?

11,237 athletes competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, 6,178 men and 5,059 women. 207 National Olympic Committees including the Refugees Olympic Team and the Indenpendant Olympic Athletes participated in the Olympic Games. 2,833 athletes (1,664 men and 1,169 women) attended these Winter Games.

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