This is what you think of the olympics in present day. The modern olympics started in 1896, but it all started in Greece as early as 800 B.C.
The olympics were not played in ancient Greece, because of wealth or medals, but because they wanted to honor Zeus, the chief god of Greek culture.
The winners were given a necklace made of olive leaves and were given money from their city for winning. Some contests were javelin throwing, chariot racing, and the Paincration which was a combination of wrestling and boxing.
After the roman empire took over greece, theodosius banned the olympics.
Over time, the French in the 1800's wanted the olympics to resume and then in 1896 the modern olympics began..