GAMES, INTERMEDIATE OLYMPIC
After the success of the 1896 Olympics, the Greeks wanted to continue holding the games in Athens. But IOC Chairman, Pierre de Coubertin supported the organization of the games in a different city every four years. The Greeks then envisaged holding intermediate games every four years, two years after the official games. They were not able to finance games in 1902, but managed to get the 1906 games off the ground. This was the first time an opening ceremony was held. It was the winners of the St Louis games two years earlier who were most visible in Athens. However, their results never did figure in the results of the Olympic movement. The Greeks had envisaged holding intermediate games again in 1910 and 1914 but the instability in the Balkans at the time meant that this was not possible. The 1906 games were therefore the only intermediate games ever held.