REVIVAL and HISTORY of the OLYMPIC GAMES
Revival of the Olympic movement in modern history may be credited to French Freemason Baron Pierre de Coubertin. De Coubertin was inspired by Dr William Penny Brookes who had organized a national Olympic Games at Crystal Palace in the United Kingdom, in 1866, who had also adopted ideas from the Evangelis Zappas revival of the Olympic Games in Greece. The statue of Baron Pierre de Coubertin at Atlanta’s Centenial Olympic Park features the Occultic step pyramid, surrounded by the Two Towers or pillars with the Olympic rings flocked by doves above.
Pillars of Boaz and Jachin, first 3 degrees of Freemasonry
The origins of the Ancient Olympic Games are unknown, but several legends and myths have survived. One legend suggests the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. The ancient Olympic Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years. In 393 CE, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the Games because of their pagan influences.
Whatever the origin, the link to Zeus is undeniable as Olympia was made a shrine to Zeus in 1000BC. Young Greeks competed as an act of worship to Zeus. The lighting of a flame at the altar of Zeus marked the opening of the Games. When they were ended the flame was extinguished.