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The Olympic games are thegreatest sports event in the world For many years the Greeks used games for many reasons The official ancient games were started in Greece The first modern games in Athens Greece were held from April 6 through April 15 in the year of 1896 Since then major world events plagued some of the Olympic gamesThere are a lot of examples of games being held in early Greece There are also different stories on how they got started One says that the guardians of Zeus held a foot race or that Zeus himself held the foot race to celebrate his victory for control of the world Another story says that Pelops a Greek hero won a chariot race in order to mary his wife After the start of the Olympics in approximately 776 BC the games continued every four years until 393 AD and were held in Olympia Greece They were held in Olympia because Greeks honored Gods and it was the oldest religious center in Greece It was also convenient for travelers Foot races were the only event for the first 13 years and then events included chariot races discus matches and boxing Like every other Greek activity the games were held under the patronage of the gods and after sacrifice had been made to them Quennel 156 Athletic training was part of education and games were held to keep men physically fit for war because the Greek people believed if you had a healthy body you had a healthy mind and people liked to watch beautiful bodies People who competed in the Olympics had to train in Olympia for one month before the games Men and boys were allowed to compete in the games Women werent allowed to compete but they could enter horse events either as an owner of a chariot or a horse Single women could attend the games but married women couldnt If they did and they
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