Ancient Olympia, Greece
A Welcome from the Colorado Springs - Ancient Olympia Committee Chair, Harris Kalofonos
Harris was initially inspired by his belief that if Colorado Springs residents knew more about the origin and legacy of the Ancient Olympic Games they would be able to clearly comprehend the impact US Olympic hopefuls who live and train in Colorado Springs have on the long term growth of our city. Harris was encouraged by the unexpected decision of the International Olympic Committee to return wrestling as an Olympic event in the 2020 Summer Olympics, and in April, 2014 his idea became a reality when the city of Ancient Olympia, Greece became a sister city of Colorado Springs. Contact Harris
A visit in Ancient Olympia is enough to experience the harmony of the setting and feel the vibes realizing that this place was not accidentally named as sacred. The site was considered to be the most prominent and praised sanctuary in ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus, the father of the Olympian gods and Olympia became the most important religious centre in Greece. The area became the most significant athletic centre, as well, since it is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the most prestigious athletic event in the world. The ancient Olympics were held every four years in honor of Zeus and in a spirit of noble emulation. Historical records indicate that the first Olympic Games took place in this ground in 776 BC. During the Games an Olympic truce was enacted so that athletes could travel in safety in order to attend the Olympics or participate in this glorious event. The winners received an olive wreath also known as “kotinos” as their reward. Since their revival in 1896, the modern Olympic Games are the leading international athletic event and every four years the Olympic flame is lit here, in ancient Olympia before beginning its journey to the city that will host the next Olympic Games. There are two museums in ancient Olympia, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games hosting findings and treasures that reflect the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. Olympia is less than four hours from Athens and just an hour from the port of Patras or Kalamata airport. The natural beauties of western Peloponnese such as mountains, gorges, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, olive groves and citrus trees will captivate visitors and amply repay any amount of time spent here. The climate is wonderful all year round and Kaiafas beach is 15 to 20 minutes from the hotel by car. Visit the official city website.