The little-mentioned and now often-ignored Olympic Games of 1906 — also known as the first-ever Intercalated Olympic Games — kicked off on April 22, 1906 in Greece. Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) no longer recognizes those games, and no records achieved at them count in official Olympic history.
In 1896, the French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin revived the idea of a modern Olympics. Those first games, held in Athens, were considered a success and paved the way for an international competition every four years. But there was a dispute: Greece wanted to host every Olympics, while Coubertin and the newly-formed IOC wanted the host country to change for each Games. A compromised was reached wherein Greece would host an Intercalated (basically meaning “placed between”) Olympic Games in the years between the rotating-city Olympic Games.
Because the compromise was reached in 1901, hosting a 1902 event between the 1900 and 1904 Olympics was deemed to be too soon. The firstRead More »from April 22, 1906: First intercalated (unofficial) modern Olympics kick off in Greece