Frequent question: What date is given to the first Olympiad?

Why is an Olympiad 4 years?

To respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, which were held every four years at Olympia. The four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”, and was used for dating purposes at the time: time was counted in Olympiads rather than years.

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.

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