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Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937) of France was dedicated to the promotion of physical education and, inspired by the idea of creating a modern Olympic Games after visiting the ancient Olympic site, in 1892, proposed the idea of reviving the Olympics as an international athletic competition held every four years. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. In the opening ceremony, King Georgios I and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed 280 participants from 13 nations (all male), who would competed in 43 events, including track and field, archery, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, cycling, tennis, weightlifting, shooting and fencing. The official symbol of the modern Games is five interlocking colored rings, representing the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia.