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The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.
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1996 Summer Olympics

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Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance.
The Athens bid stemmed from the fact that 1996 marked 100 years since the first Summer Games in Athens in 1896, though Athens would eventually host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with host Greece at 15th place.
The United States, represented by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004.

China at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with host Greece at 15th place.
China competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004.

Russia at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with host Greece at 15th place.
Russia competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004.

Greece at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with host Greece at 15th place.
Greece was the host country for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, from 13 to 29 August 2004, as the host nation.

Summer Olympic Games

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Having previously hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1896, Athens became one of only four cities to have hosted the Summer Games on two separate occasions (together with Paris, London and Los Angeles).
The Games have been held three times in the United Kingdom (in 1908, 1948 and 2012); twice each in Greece (1896, 2004), France (1900, 1924), Germany (1936, 1972) and Australia (1956, 2000); and once each in Sweden (1912), Belgium (1920), Netherlands (1928), Finland (1952), Italy (1960), Japan (1964), Mexico (1968), Canada (1976), Soviet Union (1980), South Korea (1988), Spain (1992), China (2008) and Brazil (2016).

Athens

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The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home. The success of Athens in securing the 2004 Games was based largely on Athens' appeal to Olympic history and the emphasis that it placed on the pivotal role that Greece and Athens could play in promoting Olympism and the Olympic Movement.
Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics, making it one of only a handful of cities to have hosted the Olympics more than once.

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

Under the direction of Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Athens pursued another bid, this time for the right to host the Summer Olympics in 2004.
She is best known for being the president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Panathenaic Stadium

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The new design features the Panathenaic Stadium.
It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004.

1997 World Championships in Athletics

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Athens' successful organization of the 1997 World Championships in Athletics the month before the host city election was also crucial in allaying lingering fears and concerns among the sporting community and some IOC members about its ability to host international sporting events.
Athens used the successful organization of the World Championships the next month during the IOC Session in Lausanne during its campaign to host the 2004 Summer Olympics as proof positive of Athens' and Greece's ability and readiness to organize large-scale, international sporting events.

Piraeus

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These communities included the port city of Piraeus, Agios Kosmas (site of the sailing venue), Helliniko (the site of the old international airport which now contained the fencing venue, the canoe/kayak slalom course, the 15,000-seat Helliniko Olympic Basketball Arena, and the softball and baseball stadia), and the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex (site of the taekwondo, handball, indoor volleyball, and beach volleyball venues, as well as the newly reconstructed Karaiskaki Stadium for football).
The city hosted events in both the 1896 and 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens.

1896 Summer Olympics

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1996 coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the first modern Olympics, which were also held in Athens.
However, the 1900 Summer Olympics were already planned for Paris and, except for the Intercalated Games of 1906, the Olympics did not return to Greece until the 2004 Summer Olympics, 108 years later.

Greek government-debt crisis

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The cost of the 2004 Athens Summer Games has been cited as a contributor to the Greek government-debt crisis.
For the next 15 years, from 1993 to 2007 (i.e., before the Financial crisis of 2007–2008), Greece’s government Debt-to-GDP ratio remained roughly unchanged (the value was not affected by the 2004 Athens Olympics), averaging 102%

Dimitris Papaioannou

The widely praised Opening Ceremony Directed by avant garde choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou and produced by Jack Morton Worldwide led by Project Director David Zolkwer was held on 13 August 2004.
Dimitris Papaioannou (Δημήτρης Παπαϊωάννου; born 21 June 1964) is a Greek experimental theater stage director, choreographer and visual artist who drew media attention and acclaim with his creative direction of the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. His varied career spans three decades and has seen him conceive and direct stage works for the Athens Concert Hall, Edafos Dance Theatre and Elliniki Theamaton, work as a costume, set and make-up designer, and published over 40 comics.

List of Olympic mascots

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Mascots have been a tradition at the Olympic Games since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
The mascots for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, were Phevos and Athena, two dolls inspired by a bell-shaped archaic sculpture that is on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Athena and Phevos

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The Athens games had two official mascots: Athena and Phevos (Greek pronunciation: Athina and Fivos).
Athena and Phevos (Αθηνά, Φοίβος; pronounced and ) were the Olympic mascots of the 2004 Summer Olympics, held in Athens.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex

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The same architect also designed the Velodrome and other facilities.
OACA was the main venue for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

Kelly Holmes

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Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Afghanistan at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Afghanistan sent a delegation to compete at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, which were held from 13 to 29 August 2004.

Greece

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The success of Athens in securing the 2004 Games was based largely on Athens' appeal to Olympic history and the emphasis that it placed on the pivotal role that Greece and Athens could play in promoting Olympism and the Olympic Movement.
The country adopted the euro in 2001 and successfully hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

Kaitlin Sandeno

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Sandeno was a member of the American team that set a new world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Michael Phelps

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At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals.

Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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The medal ceremony for the last event of the Olympics, the men's marathon, was conducted, with Stefano Baldini from Italy as the winner.
The men's marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place on August 29 in the streets of Athens, Greece.

East Timor at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Two new NOCs had been created since 1996 and made their debut at these Games (Kiribati and Timor-Leste).
East Timor competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, which was held from 13 to 29 August.