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Trivia: Ancient Olympics Had No Gold Medals

In ancient Olympics, winners weren’t given gold medals - they were given an olive wreath instead.

The first “gold medalist” on record was Coroibus of Elis, a cook who won a 200-yard dash.


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Laurel wreaths were for a different competition - the Panhellenic games at Delphi, according to my sources.

I believe there were other types for other games, too.
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