Olympic History >> Athens 2004 >> Key facts

Athens 2004 - Key facts

Dates

August 13-29

Other candidate cities

Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome, Stockholm

Mascots

Athina (Greek godess of wisdom and protectress of Athens) and Phivos (alias Phebus or Apollon, god of light, beauty and arts). the cuddly toy characters were supposed to be a brother and sister, designed with traditional Greek dolls in mind.

Participants

10,864 including 4,412 women

Participating nations

201

Sports

28

Events

301

Medals awarded

929

IOC President

Jacques Rogge (Belgium)

Games declared open by

Costis Stephanopoulos (Greek president)

Last relay bearer of the Olympic flame

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis (Greek windsurf Olympic champion in 1996)

Flame lit by

Nikolaos Kaklamanakis

Olympic oath read by

Zoi Dimoschaki (Greek swimmer)

TV rights

1,498 billion US dollars (1,210 billion euros)

Accredited journalists

21,500 (5,500 from the written press)


Copyright 2012 Agence France-Presse.