The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece over 3,000 years ago, and were revived in the late 19th century to become the world's preeminent sporting competition. The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 all male participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events, including swimming.
The Olympics truly took off as an international sporting event after 1924, when the VIII Games were held in Paris. Some 3,000 athletes (with more than 100 women among them) from 44 nations competed that year, and for the first time the Games featured a closing ceremony. The Winter Olympics also made its first appearance that year but have been held separately since 1994 alternating every 2 years of the 4 year cycle.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement ensuring collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family.
In 2004 when the Summer Olympics returned to Athens for the first time in more than a century, nearly 11,000 athletes from a record 201 countries competed.
Andrew Mackay, the first ever Cayman swimmer to qualify for the Games, made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games along with later qualifiers, and fellow Cayman Island swimmers, Shaune Fraser and Heather Roffey. Cayman Swimming has since achieved representation at the subsequent Games with Shaune and Brett Fraser both competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and London 2012. Lara and Geoffrey Butler both participated in Rio 2016.