Athens 2004 Greece 13 - 29 August 2004

  • Host Nation Greece
  • Sports 1000
  • Duration 13 - 29 August 2004
  • Competition Venues 100
  • Competing Athletes 50000
  • Competing Nations 1000
DAYS SINCE Athens 2004
4,136 DAYS

About the Games

108 years after the modern Olympic Games had been established in Athens, this global festival of sport returned home in the summer of 2004. Officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad a record 201 nations participated. The United States were once again the most successful nation, but the People's Republic of China underlined its relentless improvement on the world sporting stage by finishing in second place.

Great Britain runner Kelly Holmes won gold in both the 800m and the 1500m. Swimmer Michael Phelps won six gold medals and set a single-Games record with eight total medals and Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel became the first female cyclist to earn four career gold medals, reaching a total of six Olympic medals.