Top 10 Amusingly Bizarre Tales From The First Modern Olympics

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

1

It Wasn’t Even The First Modern Olympics

Luis Subercaseaux 'thought he maybe might have seen' #5 Melpomene running her victory lap

Edwin Flack, fair dinkum Aussie legend. Possibly the first officially recorded incident of an unprovoked attack on a local by a visiting Australian

My favorite former olympic event was the High Kick.

2

Australia’s ‘Team’ Entered By Accident And Punched A Spectator

We are not talking about blond blokes Blue...!

Surely it should have been muscular, moustachioed, dark, hairy and manly, I would have got you were talking about Greek women then ..............

From blond now is 'dark, hairy and manly!' Let alone the mustaches...! Blue, now we are not talking about the same country!

3

The Discus Winner Had No Idea What A Discus Was

ehhhh, 80% If he'd drunk Ouzo, it'd be closer to 100%

You're right, it was very fortunate for Louis!

Or was there..?

4

The Marathon Winner’s Life Was A Disney Story

Louis, the first Marathon race winner, went halfway through the race to his uncle's tavern and leisurely drank a glass of wine! This is definitely badass! At least he was not accused of...doping! That would be a first too!

Definitely a Greek 100% Runs a marathon yet still finds time for a glass of wine. Lucky there were no blonds along the route.

5

The US Athletes Had Their Moms Pay Their Travel Costs

Good list. As far as crazy events are concerned, tug of war was an Olympic event from 1900 through 1920.

It should still be one.

Oh man, can you imagine all the arms that would be ripped off! :D I would actually watch that!

6

A Local Woman Gate-Crashed The Marathon (Maybe)

Spyridon “Spyros” Louis: giving 'greek style' a whole new meaning.

I just thought "Greek style" meant smashing plates and poofery.

7

The US Team Accidentally Covered A King In Orange Peel

I was hit in the back of the head with a discus :( That explains my insane comments.

Good list, RankTopTen. Though your hatred of the poem is misplaced. As evidenced by the drunk Greek winning the Marathon, your effort doesn't have to be good, it just has to be better than the competition.

8

Nobody Believed The Chilean Athlete Had Participated

Why am I not surprised that a Greek naturally learns to run fast as a young boy?

Not as fast as in Catholic seminaries!

True. That would be a race to see. A Greek lad vs a Catholic altar boy.

9

It Led To A Rash Of Ridiculous ‘Sports’ In Future Games

And it's going to get even crazier in Rio. They are introducing video games. Fucking video games! What a joke.

Wait, really?

Not exactly part of The Olympics tough, is it?

10

Everyone Got Participation Medals

No I don't know, but you obviously do so, why don't you share your "Greek love" experiences with us.

As I understand, you're a man from "down under" I thought you would be the expert...............

I'm just glad we cleared it up........;)

Last Comments

Still not as ridiculous as the Olympics in Rio!

I don't know, I certainly couldn't find a source.

That would be interesting, sportsmanship and all that, of course! Something strange though, everybody in a race seems very determined to leave the Greeks, well, behind them...!

I know right, those blonde blokes would have stopped him in his tracks, you know what with all that "Greek love" on offer.........

Actually I'm from "up top". It's all really a matter of perspective.