Rhythm was important, so wrestlers practiced and competed to flute music. All rights reserved. As an added bonus, the athletes kept their penises tied to their bodies in a way that made them appear constantly erect! It was just as spectacular as it is today, the athletes filing into the temple, where they had to give their oath before a terrifying statue of Zeus wielding these thunderbolts. Gizmodo io9. Helen Stephenswho was not openly gay, won two gold medals in ; Tom Waddellwho didn't come out until the 70s, competed in the decathalon, but he placed sixth. The sixteen Olympic wrestlers were heavyweights with muscles "the size of boulders" according to one witness.
Ancient Greek wrestling.
Ancient Greek wrestling
Several Olympic athletes have come out over the past few years; Obama has sent two of those openly gay athletes to Sochi in his Olympic delegation. Share or comment on this article: Um, well, all the athletes were naked, competitively rubbing their muscly body parts together in a steamy arena while the throngs roared and gnashed their teeth with glee. Wrestlers compete in rounds of 30 minutes, with 10 minutes of added time if no winner has emerged by then. The classical Greeks were obsessed with beautiful bodies and spent a good deal of time talking about them, honing them, and looking at each other's flesh. It's notable that several of the campaigns targeting Putin's anti-gay laws have pointed out how homoerotic a lot of Olympic activities are.