First held in Athens in 776BC, the Olympics are the pinnacle of achievement for athletes throughout the world, but did you know-
The Gods Light the Torch: Every year, organisers use a mirror to focus the sun’s rays to light the torch before sending it on world-famous relay?
You Don’t have to be Alive to Win: Arrhichion of Phigalia retained his championship Pankration title in 564BC despite being…well, dead. A brutal form of hand-to-hand combat, the wrestler’s rival ended up accidentally suffocating him in a leg lock. And the Greeks ended up crowning him the winner!
It’s Not Really about Sport at All: The Olympics are attached to a number of cultural and social initiatives. This helps start initiatives to train young competitors, improve infrastructure, and generate new business and jobs.