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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

An ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 bc until abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in...

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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Regional and National History.

Have played a growing role in projecting Australia's national identity to the world. Since the nineteenth century, when sporting achievement first became a measure of national prowess,...

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chariot racing

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Sport and Leisure.

A form of horse racing immensely popular in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, with some predecessors in the privileged cultures of earlier civilizations, such as in...

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athletics

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Classical Studies.

Greek

At the core of Greek athletics was an individual's struggle to gain victory over an opponent; hence it included not only (as ‘athletics’ implies nowadays) track and field...

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Jesse Owens

Overview page. Subjects: History — Sport and Leisure.

1913–1980)

US black athlete, numbered among the greatest track and field competitors in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born at Danville, Alabama, the son of a...

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Johnny Weissmuller

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1904–84)

A US champion swimmer at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, who acted in Hollywood films in the role of Tarzan. Weismuller's switch of professions represented the rise of...

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