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FESTIVAL, RELIGIOUS
While the origin of the games resembled an initiatory rite to give it the air of a religious festival, in order to gain the favour of a god (illustrated by the construction of a temple in Zeus' glory in the centre of Olympia), the modern games are much more like a pagan festival. What matters the most is the performance of the athletes and the advantages from which the victors can hope to profit.In spite of this there are examples where an athletes' faith triumphs over sporting considerations: in Seoul, for instance, where the Israeli athletes withdrew from competitions on the day of Yom Kippour.Similarly, the American long jumper Prinstein deprived himself of a gold medal at the 1900 Paris games because the final took place on a Sunday, and to compete would have gone against his religious convictions.Even today, athletes claim to be inspired by God and dedicate their success to him... without for all that refusing the benefits brought to them by victory.
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