The Olympic Games have been around since about 776 BC. The games were played on the ancient plains of Olympia and were dedicated to the Olympian gods.
Only freeborn men and boys could take part in the Olympic Games , women were forbidden, on penalty of death, even to see the Games.
In fact, women only participated for the first time at the 1900 Paris Women participated in lawn tennis and golf and sailing.
Hélène (Barbey) de Pourtalès Was the first woman to compete and the first to win a medal in the Olympics . She was born April 28, 1868 and died November 2, 1945. She was a member of the Swiss boat Lérina, which won the gold medal in the first race of 2-3 ton class and silver medal in the second race of 2-3 ton class. She also participated in the open class, but did not finish. Her husband Hermann and husband's nephew Bernard were also crew members.