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The Athletes of Ancient and Modern Greek Olympics

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S: The Biographies of Greek Olympic Athletes

FC: The Biographies of Greek Olympic Athletes | By: Jocelyn Brickman

1: Table of Contents Periklis Iakovakis ~ Childhood ~ Early Career ~ Olympics Diagoras of Rhodes ~ Childhood ~ Olympics and Other Events ~ Sons' Success ~ Effects Today

2: The Life of Periklis Iakovakis

3: Periklis Iakovakis was born on March 24th, 1979, in Patra. He grew up participating in athletics and discovered tons of potential at eight years of age. His parents were very supportive and pushed him to his limit. | This is a view of Patra, Periklis's hometown. | Childhood

4: After a few years, Periklis decided to make his main sport track. He would train and devote himself to improving his skills. Also Periklis was part of his high school's team. When he was sixteen he ran in the Junior World Championships. He won the gold medal and everyone was proud of himself. The next step for him to improve to would be the Olympics. | Early Career

5: Periklis Iakovakis trained for the Olympics and was able to be in his best competition ever in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He ran in the 400 meter run and the hurdle races. | He was very successful in his Olympic experience. His best time in the Athens Olympics for the 400 meter dash was 48 seconds. Periklis even won one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the world wide competition. | Olympics

7: The Life of Diagoras of Rhodes | Diagoras

8: Diagoras of Rhodes was born in the 5th century, in ancient Greece. He descended from Damagetus, king of Ialysus, and, on the mother's side, from the Messenian hero, Aristomenes. He was a member of the Eratidae family at Ialysus in Rhodes. His family was part of the noble ruling class in ancient Greece. He grew up wealthy and was introduced to many privileges that the others couldn't. One strength of his was that he was always really strong and could over power his brother at any time. This let his parents start him in strength training sessions. He then developed into a very talented boxer. | Diagoras | Childhood

9: Diagoras of Rhodes was young when he competed in his first competition. Believe it or not, Diagoras had won and held records in almost all of the athletic festivals in Greece; Not just the Olympics. Diagoras was winner in boxing twice in the 79th Olympic games in 464 BCE, four times in the Isthmian, twice in the Nemean, and once at least in the Pythian Games. Because of these many accomplishments, he was noted to be the most recognized athlete in all of ancient Greece. The fame of Diagoras was celebrated by Pindar (Olympian Odes VII). This was a marble statue for everyone to see. | This is the Pindar of Diagoras. | Olympics and Other - Events

10: Diagoras lived to watch the Olympic victories of his two sons Damagetos and Akousilaos. At the 83rd Olympiad in 448 BCE, Damagetos won two prizes for the pankration, and Akousilaos won the boxing championship. They were so happy, that the sons carried thier father on their shoulders around the arena. Another of his sons, Dorieus, won three Olympic titles in the pankration, along with eight Isthmian victories and seven at Nemea. Two of the sons of Diagoras' daughters were also Olympic boxing champions. Wow, what a successful family! | This is a coin they use in Greece and it is of Diagoras's sons carrying him on their shoulders. The picture in the sunset is of the same scene but on a statue in the center of Athens. | Sons' Success

11: Today, Diagoras of Rhodes still has an impact on the community of Athens and of Greece itself. A local soccer club, Diagoras F.C. and the Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras", are named after him. This is cool because it lets all the tourists and citizens in Greece remember the heros and amazing athletes that came before them. | The Logo of the Diagoras Soccer Team. | Inside Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras" | Effects Today

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