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The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens, their ancestral homeland. The two-week festival hosted 241 white, male European athletes in such gentlemanly sports as fencing, shooting and swimming. Things have changed.

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When President Obama Chicago lost out to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, none were more pleased than the members of a conservative organization called -- wait for it -- Americans for Prosperity. Well, they didn't specify whose prosperity they were rooting for, as Stephen Colbert points out in this clip.

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Wow, there've really been some cheesy opening numbers in Summer Olympics past. Check out this amusing montage of clips from bygone ceremonies and see if you can tell, from the music, the outfits, and the cuts to shady-looking heads of state, when each awe-inspiring spectacle happened.

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With plenty of pomp and pageantry (not to mention some serious pyrotechnics) -- and with auspicious figures like President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in attendance -- the Olympic Summer Games kicked off in Beijing on Friday.

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