“Life and style with Maria Andrei”: History of the Ancient Olympics

Most recently, some of you know that I’m helping Maria Andrei with her new production called “Life and style with Maria Andrei” on Prima TV.  She created the 1st show covering the history of the Olympic games with trivia, the 4 historic locations, and what the athletes ate back in 776 BC. We promised our clients  to create a show that portrays the history of Olympic Games as well as some fascinating trivia.

Being a little confident about the show,  I challenged NBC Universal, Peacock, CBC Sports,  Telemundo, BBC, Eurosport, CNBC, TSN and France 2 to emulate something as comprehensive and eloquent as this episode about the Olympics. 😊

Who knows if I will succeed; however, I thought I would share it here in this article if you haven’t seen my social media feeds.

Here are some of the highlights and trivia, so please open the complete video here:

  1. Slaves, horses, valuables and money? Olympic winners were recognized everywhere. The honors these sports heroes received were like those of the leaders of the times. They received not only general recognition but also material gifts: slaves, horses, valuables, and money. They were exempt from taxes and received a lifetime pension! See here.
  2. Hercules is credited for the birth of the first Olympic Games. See here.
  3. Did you know that ancient Greece had 4 Olympic sites and not just one? See here.
  4. The Olympic games were not only about sport, but they were also about odes, poems, music and paintings. See here.
  5. A Greek food expert telling us what athletes ate back in 776 BC:

Meat or vegetables? Ancient Greece was a poor place. It didn’t have many things, so people were vegetarians out of necessity.  They also consumed a lot of oil. All these theories of finding the secret of life are not true.  Ancient Olympians didn’t eat meat because they didn’t have meat to eat. See here.

Superfoods of the ancient Olympics? Dried figs, onions and garlic. In fact, when they were building the pyramids in Egypt, and they ran out of garlic, a strike took place by the builders. It was the first strike in history because the workers didn’t get garlic. See here.

Who was the superstar and greatest Olympic athlete of the ancient Olympic games? Milo from Crotone (Calambria Region)! He won six Olympiads, 25 years in a row. See here.

Finally, Watch the Paris 2024 Olympics and savor the moments! It’s an exhilarating experience and a reminder of what we need to do and how to compete in business.

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