>> At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.
>> No women competed in 1896, as Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the International Olympic Committee) felt that their inclusion would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.”
>> Pigeon shooting was one of the sports on the program in Paris in 1900. Fortunately this event was short lived. It was the only time animals were killed on purpose during an Olympic event.