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"When the sun was high the next day, Pelops and Oenomaus stepped into their chariots behind horses champing at the bit. The starting signal was given. Both men lashed their four horses. With the king's court shouting and cheering, the two men dashed down the stretch of the hippodrome at Olympia. Neck and neck the horses ran. On the first turn King Oenomaus whipped his four white horses to make the first move for the lead. As his chariot thundered around the corner, the linchpin came loose. Oenomaus, catapulted headfirst out of his chariot, was trampled by the hooves of Pelops' horses and ground to shreds by the sharp bronze wheels of Pelops' chariot.
Pelops was victor. He married Hippodameia, took over the realm, and ordered that every four years games should be held in his honor at Olympia; that a temple should be erected to honor his patron god Zeus; and that a bronze statue of himself, Pelops, should stand in the center of the Altis. Wishing to appear modest, unassuming, and not grasping for material things, Pelops asked that he not be given gold for his victory; instead, he requested that a branch of wild olive be placed on his head as a symbol of his victory.
Pelops' victory is shrouded in legend but many Greeks were certain that the event marked the founding of the Olympic Games. Proponents of the legend pointed to the fact that the southern half of Greece is called the Peloponnese, the island of Pelops. Again fact mingles with fantasy."

This group has to do with ancient greek olympic games and the history of the ancient Olympic Games - with mythology references . Discussion , photos, greek mythology stories or comments relative to olympic games are acceptable.

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  • Jan 27, 2008
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