The modern Olympic Games (Olympics) are the leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions.
The original Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. The Olympics took its name from Olympia.
Olympia is 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.
- All male athletes competed naked in the early Olympics.
- The ancient games were also a religious festival held in honor of Zeus, the king of the gods.
- Married women were prohibited from watching the Games under penalty of death.
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