There are several myths regarding the beginning of the ancient Olympic games. THe games were originally held in Ancient Greece. After the Romans began to gain power in Greece, the Olympics were eventually banned as a pagan ritual.
The Olympics as we know them began their revival in 1894 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established and the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Less than 250 athletes competed in Athens in the following sports: athletics (track and field events), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Olympic rings were introduced in 1913. Each ring represents a different area of the world (Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Oceania).