Some interesting facts about Olympia and the Olympics.
1. Olympia is where the Olympic Games took place in classical times. The track on which the games were held is 212 metres long and 28 metres wide.
2. The Olympic torch is still lit by a reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror in front of the temple of Hera. It is then placed into a urn and transported to wherever the games are held. Bet you didn’t know that now.
3. At the first one day Olympic Games, the only event was a short sprint from one end of the stadium to the other. Gradually more events were added to make 4 days of competition. They added wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus and chariot racing.
4. Each athlete that cheated had to contribute to the purchase of a bronze statue of Zeus and have their name engraved as a warning to the athletes entering the stadium.
5. The stadium could hold 50,000 spectators. They all sat on the grass nearby. The judges however, had seats just beside the track to supervise the athletes.
6. The hardest event was the race for hoplites, men wearing armour and carrying shields.
7. Now the entry costs 9 euros for adults and is free for under 18s.
8. There is a parking area not too far away from the site where you can park for free.
9. Married women weren’t allowed to compete, however mum got in no bother as you will later see.
We made our way through the site, walking past the temple of Zeus, and the statues at the entrance to the stadium.
When we got to the stadium we decided to do a mini Olympics of our own.
We started off with a sprint from one end of the stadium to the other.
On your marks…
And the race was won by the guy in the white shirt. Impressive feat considering he was racing a 47 year old and a 10 year old.
Even the best athletes need some rest.
The next event was handstands.
Contestant number one
Contestant number two
Shortly after the event, contestant number two was unfortunately disqualified because the blood test taken later on showed traces of wine.
Contestant number two is appealing.