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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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Drama | History | Sport

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20 May 1984 (USA)  »

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The First Modern Olympics  »

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1.33 : 1
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Spiridon Louis' name entered the Greek language in the phrase, "Egine Louis", which means, "Became Louis" or ran quickly. See more »

Goofs

In an incident similar to the one with an over sized discus, Robert Garrett is seen trying to enter the Olympic Shot Put event with an over sized shot put. In reality, however, unlike the incident with the discus, which is very well documented, there is no record of a similar incident with the shot put ever having taken place. 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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