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The original Olympic countries

August 13, 2008



When the modern Olympics began in 1896 in Athens, it was a decidedly modest, almost exclusively Western European affair. The original countries participating:

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Australia *
Austria
Bulgaria
Chile
Denmark
France *
Germany
Great Britain *
Greece *
Italy
Hungary
Sweden
Switzerland *
US

* Countries that have competed in every Summer Olympics

Compiled by Ross Atkin.