This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.
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 Dr. William Milligan Sloane (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Robert Garrett (2 episodes, 1984)
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 James Connolly (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Arthur 'Skip' Blake (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Edwin Flack (2 episodes, 1984)
Edward Wiley ...
 Coach John Graham (2 episodes, 1984)
Nicos Ziagos ...
 Spiridon Louis (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Madam Ursula Schumann (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mary Sloane (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Annabel Flack (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Harold Flack (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Baron Pierre de Coubertin (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Alice Garrett (2 episodes, 1984)
Alibe Parsons ...
 Myra (2 episodes, 1984)
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This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens. Written by Matt Ackeret <mattack@apple.com>

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The First Modern Olympics  »

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On the morning of the Final of the 800 Meter Run, Edwin Flack also played in the Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament. He and George Robertson placed third. See more »

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In the series, James Connolly is told by Coach Graham and the Dean of students at Harvard that he and Arthur Blake will be volunteering for the new U.S. Olympic Team as punishment for fighting with each other. In reality, Connolly was denied a leave of absence to compete in the Games. So, he dropped out and competed anyway. See more »

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Baron Pierre de Coubertin: [The problem of international cooperation] The Germans mistrust the French because we are starting the whole thing. The English mistrust the Germans on principle...
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An undiscovered gem
25 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific miniseries, a wonderful story splendidly told. The origins of everything from the starting position for sprinters to the impulsive selection of the Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem, this story of the first Olympics in 1500 years is filled with drama, wit, and unforgettable characters.


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