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Athens 2004 -- Games of the XXVIII Olympiad

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Athens 2004

In 2004 the Olympic Games returned to Greecethe home of both the ancient Olympics and the first modern Olympics. For the first time ever a record 201 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in the Olympic Games. The overall tally for events on the programme was 301 (one more than in Sydney 2000). Popularity in the Games soared to new highs as 3.9 billion people had access to the television coverage compared to 3.6 billion for Sydney 2000. Women's wrestling was included in the program for the first time. Swimmer Michael Phelps won 6 gold medals and set a single-Games record with 8 total medals. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel became the first female cyclist to earn 4 career gold medals and 6 total medalswhile canoeist Birgit Fischer became the first athlete in any sport to win two medals in each of 5 Olympics. Runner Hicham El Guerrouj won both the 1500m and the 5000mwhile on the women's side Kelly Holmes triumphed in both the 800m and the 1500m. In team playArgentina won the men's football tournament without giving up a goaland the U.S. softball team won by outscoring their opponents 51-1.

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