The picture on the right is the Olympic Sign for London. The first Modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There have been many cancelings of the Olympics because of Wars. The U.S. did not compete in the 1980 Olympics because of the Cold War. The Olympics gather the whole world to compete in sports to get gold, silver, and bronze medals. Countries are very happy to get a medal because they get to bring it back to their country and be able to say "I got a medal in the Olympics!"