Why are they called the Olympics?

The modern Olympic Games (Olympics) are the leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions. Thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions every four years.

The original Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. The Olympics took its name from Olympia. Olympia a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula. The first written record of the ancient Olympic Games dates back to 776 B.C. when a cook named Coroebus won a 192-meter footrace called the stade (the origin of the modern “stadium”) to become the first Olympic champion. While this is the first documented evidence of the event, it is generally believed that the competition had been going on for many years by that time.

Interesting Trivia

1. All male athletes had one thing in common, they all competed naked!
2. The ancient games were also a religious festival, held in honor of Zeus, the king of the gods.
3. Married women were prohibited from watching the Games under penalty of death.

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Interesting Sources

NBA – Ancient Olympic Games Fun Facts
BBC – How did the Olympics Begin?
Penn Museum – The Real Story of the Ancient Olympics Games

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Were single women permitted to watch?