With all the controversy swirling around the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi opening this Friday (from state-sanctioned homophobia to seriously deficient hotels), it's hard to imagine the Games ever being lost to history. Yet with 52 games in the Modern era, it's to be expected that some would fade from collective consciousness. In particular, eight sets of games have become harder to recall as the years go on.
1896 Summer Olympic Games: Athens, Greece
Where was the first Olympics of the modern era held? It seems like it should be an obvious answer — Greece was where the ancient Olympiad took place, so of course it would be in Athens. Yet for some reason, maybe because the 2004 Summer Games were also held in Athens, it’s become a forgettable Games, if not aesthetically pleasing.