Ancient Greek Olympics

Cody Hogston

About the Olympics

The Ancient Greek Olympics were hosted in Olympia every four years. They started around 776BC in Olympia. It is believed that the Olympics were held in honor of Zeus. There were around 40,000 spectators of the Olympics. Athletes emphasized fitness and were very proud of their bodies. Only freeborn Greek men could participate. The winner of an event was rewarded with crowns made of olive leaves.
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In the early years of the Olympics there was a sprint between 180 and 240 meters. This Olympic race is important because it shows speed and strength.

Today's Olympic Sprint

Unlike in the ancient Greek Olympics the sprint is different in today's Olympics. In the Greek Olympics the sprint was from 180-240 meters. In today's Olympics the sprint is only 100 meters.

Works Cited

"Ancient Olympic Games." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Dec. 2014. Web. 17 Sept. 2014.

McDougal Littell. Sports Through Time. World History. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print.