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, three Greek flags are raised after the finish of the Marathon. However, it is not mentioned that the third Greek finisher, Spiridon Belokas was disqualified for riding part of the way in a carriage. His spot was awarded to Gyula Kellner of Hungary. 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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Way better than Chariots of Fire
25 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite sports films.

It has lots of historically accurate information much like a documentary but is presented in an entertaining narrative format with good story and plot.

Purists may be annoyed that the casting of the actors doesn't always respect the look of typical athletes in each discipline but it's otherwise pretty realistic.

The anecdotes around the discus event are hilarious and unforgettable.

Now if it could only come out on DVD I would buy it instantly.

-Ben


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