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In photos: Olympic Games over the years

2012-07-09 06:36:19 GMT2012-07-09 14:36:19(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Some members pose at the Congress for the Revival of the Olympic Games in Paris when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established on June 23, 1894. [Photo/Xinhua]

The first Olympic Games was held at the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Greece and dates back to 1896. There were about 300 athletes from 13 countries that participated. [Photo/Xinhua]

An athlete runs with the Olympic flame during the first Olympic torch relay, which was introduced at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games. The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Greece to the Olympic venue began in 1936. [Photo/Xinhua]

Waldi, the dog, was the first official Olympic mascot, created for the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972. [Photo/Xinhua]

Newspapers and magazines about the Olympics fills Los Angeles bookstore shelves in 1984. Under the leadership of the then United States Olympic Committee President Peter Ueberroth, who is also an entrepreneur, the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles became the first privately financed Games and resulted in a surplus of nearly $250 million, which was also the first time in the Games history it had made a profit. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) flag-bearers march together under the Unification Flag of Korea during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, on Sept 25, 2000. [Photo/Xinhua]

The opening ceremony during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, welcomes the Olympic Games home after 108 years. It was the first time since 1896 that the Olympics were held in Greece. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Olympic Games has been going on for more than a century, overcoming thistles and thorns. As the 30th Olympic Games draws near, let's take a look at some important and historical events that have taken place in the Games history.

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