You know the marathon is an Olympic event, but did you know it was named for an event involving a guy who ran 25 miles, delivered a message, and then dropped dead? Or that dueling was an Olympic sport at one time. On this episode of Flash Past, we talk about that plus children’s television, naked wrestling and sliding head-first at more than 80 miles per hour. Guess that’s what happens when you flash past.
According to legend, the Olympics were begun by Heracles, Zeus’ son, to honor the god. In 393 A.D., Emperor Theodosius I banned all “pagan” festivals, this included the Olympic games. It wasn’t until 1896 that the Olympics were started up again.
Many venues from past games have fallen into disrepair. There are several photo galleries online depicting this. Dan and Lyle discuss some of the ways these venues could continue contributing to the host cities’ future.
California leads the United States in total gold medals won. Where does your state stack up?
In the Olympics’ long history, there have been several sports to get the axe. Rope climbing, distance plunging and the swimming obstacle course are just a few of those.