INTRODUCTION <ul><li>The XXVIII Olympic Summer Games were held in Athens (Greece) from August 13 toAugust 29, 2004. For 17 days sporting events were held which brought togetherdelegates from 201 countries and more than </li></ul><ul><li> 10 000 athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>Man = 6296 </li></ul><ul><li>Woman =4329 </li></ul>
<ul><li>The official mascots Athena and Phoebus were so named in honor of the godsAthena and Apollo, ancient protectors of the city. </li></ul>Athena. Febo.
<ul><li>The symbol of the event was the laurel wreath, given its significance in ancient Greece and in his first Olympics, so she placed a crown similar to the three medalistsin each event . </li></ul>
Background <ul><li>- Candidacy. </li></ul><ul><li>After losing the Centennial Olympic Games with the U.S. Atlanta, Athens wasengaged in a process to be chosen to host the Olympics. In September 1997, in Lausanne, Switzerland, a year after Atlanta 1996, Athens surpassed the city of Rome, Italy by 66 votes to 41, being chosen to host the XXVIII Olympic Games. Cape Town in South Africa, Stockholm in Sweden and Buenos Aires in Argentina, were eliminated in previous rounds. </li></ul>
- - - 44 16 Argentina Buenos Aires - - 19 - 20 Suecia Estocolmo - 20 22 62 16 Sudáfrica Ciudad del Cabo 41 35 28 - 23 Italia Roma 66 52 38 - 32 Grecia Atenas Votación País Ciudad 106º Sesión del Comité Olímpico Internacional 5 de septiembre de 1997 , Lausana , Suiza
Other cities that were nominated to host the Games, but not made the cut were: Istanbul, Turkey. Lille, France. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sevilla, Spain. St. Petersburg, Russia.
Olympic Torch Relay Main article: Journey of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch The Olympic Torch of these games in 35 days visiting 26 countries on five continents.In total rose by 33 cities around the world (including all previous sites of the Summer Olympics) plus its long journey through many places in Greece. The Olympic flame was lit, as is tradition, on March 25 in Olympia and after more thana month's tour of Greek lands traveled to Sydney where he began his international travel, on June 4. After traveling around the world, on July 9 came back to Greece and after another month of visit to various cities came on August 13, the opening day of the Games, the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
Opening <ul><li>The opening ceremony of the XXVIII Olympic Games took place on August 13, 2004, in Athens Olympic Stadium before more than one hundred thousand spectators. Afteran introduction to the maritime character of Greece, the main field was filled with water simulating a large pool. From this large lake in flames emerged the five Olympic rings a huge kicking staging of hundreds of actors telling the story floats in Greece, counting from ancient mythology to modern times. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The parade of nations brought together nearly 11,000 athletes from 202 nations, under the Dutch music Tiësto. The delegation of Afghanistan, absent in the Olympicssince the advent of the Taliban to power, was warmly received as the Iraqi delegation, on the contrary, the U.S. delegation was received between whistles as a way of repudiating the action of that country in the Iraq War. The delegations of the two Koreas marched together in a symbolic way as part of their delegationsseparately. Kiribati first left after being accepted into the Olympic Committee, while the representatives of East Timor for the first time marched under its banner.Icelandic singer Bjork sang at the end of the ceremony, before the lighting of theOlympic flame. </li></ul>
La ceremonia se dio por finalizada tras el encendido de la llama olímpica, por el medallista de windsurf de los Juegos Olímpicos de Atlanta 1996, Nikolaos Kaklamanakis.