Golden Olympics

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:758
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou

    We went to meet them, the returning Olympic athletes in the stadium built for the 1896 Olympic games in Athens. One and all they were given a hero's welcome with olive branches of peace and victory and triumphal crowns of laurel for those who had achieved the highest honour of an Olympic medal. It was a time of national rejoicing with national pride at a peak, not only for the athletes themselves but also for the perpetuation of the ancient Olympic ideal, embodying as it does so many of the best aspects of human endeavour.

    Participation in such an occasion is without …

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