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The Beginning of the Modern Olympic GamesFrom the earliest that historians can trace back which was nearly since the beginning of time people have been putting on and celebrating some type of a festival The festivals held in the foot hills of Cyllene and Erymanthus at Olympia were considered to be religious and athletic Some historians believe that in the beginning of time two gods Zeus and Kronos the most powerful gods of all battled for the earth and the games and religious celebrations held later were in commemoration of the victory of ZeusIn the time of about 776 BC there was a great foot race in a meadow beside a river named Alpheaus The race was between two really fast sprinters The race also was believed to be only about thirty seconds long It was approximately six hundred and thirty feet long or about what we know as the two hundred yard dash This race started the competitions of the Olympic Games The winner of the race would be crowned with a wreath of olive leaves which was considered then as the best crown a winner could possibly receiveThere was a great sprinter in the time of about 776 BC that had won a great foot race His name was Coroebus Since the race was won by Coroebus he was considered to be the Greatest athlete at that time in history It is believed that Coroebus was just a cook from the nearby Greek city of ElisGrolier Inc 16In the days of Ancient Greece the Olympic Games were held every four years It is believed that then the greatest athlete was the man that could throw the discuss the farthest The discuss is a circular object that one holds in the palm of his hand and with the tips of his fingers and he throws it as far as he can without stepping outside of a little circleEach one of the Olympic Games had
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