1896 Games - Historical ContextReview the historical context of the 1896 Olympic Games, the first modern games, and the performance of Australia's lone competitor Edwin Flack.
USA AthleticsAthens 1896: Members of the USA athletics team, F A Lane, Herbert Jamison, Rober Garrett and Albert Tyler.
Royal CompanyAthens 1896: Greek shepherd Spyridon Louis (1873-1940), winner of the 40km marathon is joined by King George I of Greece on the last lap of his run.
Australia's First OlympianAthens 1896: Edwin Flack was Australia's first Olympian and first gold medallist winning the both the 800m and 1500m at the first modern Olympic Games.
Modern GoldAthens 1896: Robert Garrett (USA) wins the gold in the discus competition with a distance of 29.15m.
Pride in a FlagAthens 1896: Ellery Clark, who won gold medals in the high jump and long jump events, holds the his national American flag.
New BeginningsAthens 1896: The start of the 100 yard sprint at the first Olympic Games of the Modern Era. Getty Images
Golden Nugget: Australia’s First Gold Medallist – Edwin FlackAthens 1896: Edwin Flack was Australia's first Olympian and first gold medallist winning the both the 800m and 1500m athletics events at the first modern Olympic Games.