(NOTE: The term “Men” is used as the noun meaning “mankind, people, persons, etc.”. It is not meant to exclude Women.)
When I was a child and watched The Olympics on tv for the first time, my grandmother, Ruth (a wonderful story-teller), told me that it all started with 2 Greek that disagreed. She said that these 2 men could not agree on who was faster in a foot race. Apparently because Common Sense did not exist back then, these men went to an oracle to seek advice. The oracle was fascinated by this riddle of Man and mentioned it to The Gods of Olympus, who became interested in this idea of a contest between men (and probably some Gambling on the side. *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*). So the gods came up with a foot race to determine which man was the fastest and end the argument. One man won, the other lost. Simple as that. When word got out about the foot race and the Gods interest in it, the Gods “created” The Olympic Games, an event to test Man in a series of contests to happen every 4 years. A series of contests to bring Men together and see how close to godliness they are above other mortals.
Thankfully, not much has changed. The Olympics is still a series of contests to test the godliest of men to see who is the best. Today I am giving a cartoon ode to the Olympics and the spirit of fair contest and mankind to all.