Did you know where the word gymnasium comes from? I didn’t until earlier today. Gymnos is Greek for nude and the full literal meaning of the word gymnasium in Greek is ‘school for naked exercise’. Apparently athletes in the ancient games took part in their events in the nude. I’m not sure I would have fancied being in the javelin event or even the hurdles with all my tackle hanging out.
I’m guessing that the nearest equivalent we have to naked competitors in the modern games must be the Women’s Beach Volleyball, what do you think?