In ancient Greece Olympia was the venue for the games which took their name after this city: The Olympic games. They were not in Athens. The modern Olympic Games are different.
The Olympic games in ancient Greece were originally named after the location of the games which was Olympia. Because of this the games were originally called the Olympiads.
I believe this was in Olympia, hence the name Olympic Games.
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The Ancient Greeks held the games at Olympus, Greece, thus giving the name 'The Olympic Games'. In 1894, Pierre de Coubertin wanted to continue the Olympics, and named these modern Olympics the 'Modern Olympic Games'.
They weren't. They were held at Olympia, hence the name.
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As far as I know it is because they were started by the ancient Greeks and they were held on Mount Olympia.