The ancient origins of the Olympics | TED-Ed | Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Armand D’Angour explains the evolution of the Olympics.
The Olympic victor received his first awards immediately after the competition. A Greek judge would place a palm branch in his hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers to him. Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victory. http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games#
Summer Olympics History Pack (from Ancient Olympics to Modern Olympics)