In between games, there was only a huge empty stadium, located nearby in the valley by the hill of Kronos. Grass track stadium and arena bordered hill slopes and embankments, which served as a forum for visitors. No clatter of hooves and rattle of chariots drawn by horses at a nearby racetrack, no trainee athletes surrounded by a spacious gymnasium and a monumental building palestra. Not voices in Leonidaion - hotel for distinguished guests.
But during the Olympic Games all here teems with life, even roadstonesJ Tens of thousands of athletes and visitors arriving to fill out the grandiose at the time sports facilities. Their ensemble on the basis of composition differed little from the modern sports complexes.
In past days, Olympics winner was revealed only in certain types of competitions - Olympic championships. In common parlance, no one recorded absolute achievements of the athletes. People were interested only to see excellence competition, and to conduct the ceremony of all occupied sides of the festival dedicated to Zeus.