As you probably saw, the organisers of the Sydney Olympics suffered the latest in a series of embarrassments this week when the medals for the games were unveiled and found to depict a Roman-style colosseum. The feeling was that the medals should have featured a building more in keeping with the spirit of the modern Olympic movement, such as a pharmaceutical plant. Or failing that, something in keeping with the old Olympic movement, such as a Greek temple. The Greeks founded the games, as we know, way back in the year dot approximately.
But what does athletic nudity mean today and what did it mean then? Does the naked or semi-nude athlete still serve a purpose in today's culture? It is a Panathenaic prize amphora from BCE. The 5th c. These were bodies honed and shaped by extreme discipline. Naked pankration wrestlers on a ceramic kylix, ca. London, British Museum Image via
Female Olympians pose naked in tribute to the bodies that helped them achieve their goals
Skip navigation! Story from Politics. We all struggle to stay healthy and squeeze some exercise into our schedules, but when you've made it to the Olympics, it's safe to say you're doing something right. We've come to acknowledge that there's really no point in comparing our butts with Kerri Walsh 's. Still, it's always fun to dream, right?