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2004 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece (August 11, 2004 to August 29, 2004)
Opening Ceremony: August 13, 2004 (opened by President Kostas Stephanopoulos)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Zoi Dimoskhaki (athlete) and Lazaros Voradis (official)
Closing Ceremony: August 29, 2004
Events: 301 in 34 sports

Participants: 10,561 (6,257 men and 4,304 women) from 201 countries
Youngest Participant: PAK Rubab Raza (13 years, 218 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN Ian Millar (57 years, 229 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Michael Phelps (8 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (101 medals)

Overview

The Athens Olympic Games were a return of the Olympic Movement to its roots, as the Ancient Olympic Games were held in Greece, in Ancient Olympia, on the Peloponnesus Peninsula. The first Modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, and in 1906, Athens again hosted an Olympic Games. In 1990, Athens bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games, the Centennial Olympics, but lost out to Atlanta. The Greeks and Athenians were bitter that they had not been awarded the right to host the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympics, but regrouped to bid successfully for the 2004 Olympic Games, narrowly defeating the favorite, Rome.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 36 39 26 101
2 Russia 28 26 36 90
3 China 32 17 14 63
4 Australia 17 16 17 50
5 Germany 13 16 20 49
6 Japan 16 9 12 37
7 France 11 9 13 33
8 Italy 10 11 11 32
9 South Korea 9 12 9 30
10 Great Britain 9 9 12 30
11 Cuba 9 7 11 27
12 Ukraine 8 5 9 22
13 Netherlands 4 9 9 22
14 Spain 3 11 6 20
15 Romania 8 5 6 19
16 Hungary 8 6 3 17
17 Greece 6 6 4 16
18 Belarus 2 5 6 13
19 Canada 3 6 3 12
20 Bulgaria 2 1 9 12
21 Turkey 3 3 5 11
22 Brazil 5 2 3 10
23 Poland 3 2 5 10
24 Czech Republic 1 3 5 9
25 Thailand 3 1 4 8
26 Denmark 2 1 5 8
27 Kazakhstan 1 4 3 8
28 Sweden 4 2 1 7
29 Austria 2 4 1 7
30 Ethiopia 2 3 2 7
31 Kenya 1 4 2 7
32 Norway 5 0 1 6
33 Iran 2 2 2 6
34 Slovakia 2 2 2 6
35 Argentina 2 0 4 6
36 South Africa 1 3 2 6
37 New Zealand 3 2 0 5
38 Chinese Taipei 2 2 1 5
39 Uzbekistan 2 1 2 5
40 Jamaica 2 1 2 5
41 Croatia 1 2 2 5
42 Switzerland 1 1 3 5
43 Egypt 1 1 3 5
44 Azerbaijan 1 0 4 5
45 North Korea 0 4 1 5
46 Georgia 2 2 0 4
47 Indonesia 1 1 2 4
48 Latvia 0 4 0 4
49 Mexico 0 3 1 4
50 Slovenia 0 1 3 4
51 Morocco 2 1 0 3
52 Chile 2 0 1 3
53 Lithuania 1 2 0 3
54 Zimbabwe 1 1 1 3
55 Belgium 1 0 2 3
56 Portugal 0 2 1 3
57 Estonia 0 1 2 3
58 Israel 1 0 1 2
59 Bahamas 1 0 1 2
60 Serbia and Montenegro 0 2 0 2
61 Finland 0 2 0 2
62 Venezuela 0 0 2 2
63 Colombia 0 0 2 2
64 Nigeria 0 0 2 2
65 Cameroon 1 0 0 1
66 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1
67 Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1
68 Paraguay 0 1 0 1
69 Hong Kong 0 1 0 1
70 India 0 1 0 1
71 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 1 1
72 Mongolia 0 0 1 1
73 Syria 0 0 1 1
74 Eritrea 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps (USA) 6 0 2 8
2 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 2 2 1 5
3 Petria Thomas (AUS) 3 1 0 4
4 Ian Thorpe (AUS) 2 1 1 4
5 Inge de Bruijn (NED) 1 1 2 4
6 Aaron Peirsol (USA) 3 0 0 3
7 Jodie Henry (AUS) 3 0 0 3
8 Cătălina Ponor (ROU) 3 0 0 3
9 Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 2 0 1 3
10 Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2 0 1 3
11 Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 1 2 0 3
12 Amanda Beard (USA) 1 2 0 3
13 Paul Hamm (USA) 1 2 0 3
14 Grant Hackett (AUS) 1 2 0 3
15 Otylia Jędrzejczak (POL) 1 2 0 3
16 Carly Patterson (USA) 1 2 0 3
17 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 1 1 1 3
18 Leisel Jones (AUS) 1 1 1 3
19 Roland Schoeman (RSA) 1 1 1 3
20 Ian Crocker (USA) 1 1 1 3
21 Kaitlin Sandeno (USA) 1 1 1 3
22 Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 1 1 1 3
23 Brendan Hansen (USA) 1 1 1 3
24 Laure Manaudou (FRA) 1 1 1 3
25 Justin Gatlin (USA) 1 1 1 3
26 Marian Drăgulescu (ROU) 0 1 2 3
27 Antje Buschschulte (GER) 0 0 3 3

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