The Summer Olympics started today in Beijing, China. It's the 29th holding of the modern Olympic Games, which began in Athens in 1896. However, the first written records that we've found of the Olympics being held dates back to at least 776 B.C. The ancient games were held in Olympia, Greece.
I studied abroad in Athens during the spring of my junior year of college, and we visited Olympia. Here are a few pictures of the ruins where the Olympics began: