The first celebration of the modern Olympic Games attracted athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain. On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years. Winners were awarded a silver medal and an olive branch. The German athlete Carl Schuhmann finished in the top five events of three different sports. The people of Athens greeted the Games with great enthusiasm. Their support was rewarded when the Greek Spyridon Louis won the most popular event, the marathon.
Over 100 years later Salt Lake City welcomed the XIX Olympic Winter Games from 8 to 24 February 2002. With 78 events and nearly 2,400 athletes, this was the largest Winter Games ever. These first Games of the new Millennium once again exemplified true Olympic values.
The University of Utah is proud to be the home of the Olympic Cauldron Park for all visitors to relive the glory of the Utah 2002 Winter Olympics.
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