The Olympic Games as we know them started in 1896, in Athens. Two hundred eighty (280) athletes from 13 nations competed in a 43 events. Mimicking the ancient Olympic games held in Greece as long ago as the 76 B.C., no women competed. It simply wasn’t permitted. The ancient Olympics also prohibited married women from attending.The ancient Greeks based the games on warfare. Free men demonstrated the abilities and skills that would serve them well on the battlefield: running, jumping, javelin, fencing, archery, wrestling, boxing, and more. The ancient competition featured chariot races with some famous competitors such as Roman Emperor Nero in 67 A.D., who entered a 4-horse race with 10 horses and didn’t finish. The influence of politics and its attendant corruption declared Nero the winner of that race anyway.