You most certainly are aware that the Summer Olympic Games will commence in less than a hundred days from today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, four years after the last one in London. But have you ever wondered about how it began, why the games were held, and what sporting activities athletes competed in?
Rest your back, put your feet up, and drink from the cup of history, a serving of the wine called The Olympic Games!
How It All Started
The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, South West Greece. Every four years, around 50,000 people came from all over the Greek world to watch and take part. The Greeks loved sports and the Olympic Games were the biggest sporting event in the ancient calendar.
There were no gold, no silver, neither were there bronze medals. Winners were given a wreath of leaves and a hero’s welcome when they got back home. Athletes competed for the glory of their city, and winners were seen as being touched by the gods. Yet, that was not all.