We’ve come a long way since the first Summer Games in Athens. The year was 1896, and athletes wore a lot more clothes than the athletes wear today.
Women weren’t even competing then (they started at the 1900 Games in Paris) and only 14 countries were represented. This year’s Summer Games has its own set of firsts: Brazil marks the first time a South American country will host the games, it’s the first time refugees will compete, and the Rio Games will feature the first virtual reality broadcast.
The team at Elle pulled together photos from the Summer Games’ 120-year history. See the full video above.