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Summer Olympics Party

It's the biggest summer party of them all as the world converges upon London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The whole world will be watching (and vowing to hit the gym) as more than 10,000 athletes gather in London from July 27 to August 12 to take part in several hundred sporting events.

In contrast, the first Ancient Olympic Games--held in 776 B.C. at a religious sanctuary in Olympia--had only one event: a foot race. And who took that very first Olympic prize? A cook named Koroibos!

Honor the achievement of that fleet-footed chef and get into the spirit of this once-every-four-years summer sports extravaganza by inviting your friends over for world-class food, fun, and games.

England: The Host Nation

Tune into the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games as the hosts go all out to showcase their country and thousands of the world's best athletes go on parade, proudly carrying the flags of their nations.

Incidentally, London is the first city to host the Games three times (1908, 1948, and 2012). Cheer this triple win with summer berries times three.

Modern Greece

The first modern-day Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, with 241 athletes (all male) from 14 nations competing in 9 sports with 43 events. Volleyball wasn't one of them.

Athens hosted its second Summer Games in 2004, this time with 10,625 athletes (4,329 women and 6,296 men) from 201 nations competing in 28 sports with 301 events--including volleyball and beach volleyball. All that progress deserves a tasty Greek treat.

Twice the Fun

Athens isn't the only city that has hosted the Summer Games twice. The short list of double-dippers includes Paris (1900 and 1924) and Los Angeles (1932 and 1984).  Applaud their twin triumphs with French crepes (sweet or savory) served with sparkling wine from California.


American James Connolly won the triple jump in Athens on April 6, 1896, making him the first athlete to win an Olympic competition since the days of the Ancient Games. The man deserves an All-American pie.

Golden Girl

Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain was the first female champion in the modern-day Olympics. The year was 1900, the city was Paris, and her sport was tennis. You go girl!

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