Olympic Hymn

The Olympic Hymn (Greek Olymbiakos Ymnos Ολυμπιακός Ύμνος ) comes from the composer Spyros Samaras, the text of Kostis Palamas and written for the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It is the only official Olympic festival music and part of all major events of the Olympic movement.

The Olympic Anthem was played for the first time at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. But in 1958 it was declared by the IOC as the official anthem. Since the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 it was performed in all Olympics. It is played during the opening ceremony of the games at the raising of the Olympic flag and the closing ceremony in obtaining the same and / or sung.

The original text was written by Palamas in Greek language. In some host countries, a version was presented at the games produced in the local language (for example, 1980 in Moscow, in Russian, 1984 in Los Angeles in English, 1988 in Seoul in Korean, 1992 in Barcelona in Catalan, in 1994 in Lillehammer in Norwegian, 1998 Nagano in Japanese ) ..