Ancient Olympic Games were first played in Greece to entertain the masses of people. This is the Discobolus sculpture by Myron, created at the end of the Severe Period. It is the depiction of a disc thrower in the ancient Olympics, winding up for his winning toss.
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#
The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete, instead of athletes from any country. Also, the games were always held at Olympia instead of moving around to different sites every time.
Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, is in the western part of the Peloponnese which, according to Greek mythology, is the island of "Pelops", the founder of the Olympic Games.The Olympic victor received his first awards immediately after the competition. Following the announcement of the winner's name by the herald, a Hellanodikis (Greek judge) would place a palm branch in his hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers to him.
The first Ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece. The Olympics games were originally started in honor of Zeus a prominent god in which citizens worshiped. Competitors would fight for the adoration and appreciation of their god. The Olympic Games were comprised of a series of events, and were watched by many fellow citizens.