In the past, the Olympics was played in the nude.

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In 720 BC, the Greek athletes who competed in the Olympic games did so without any clothes on or just a small strip of cloth. The Greek word for nudity is ‘gymnos’ which is where the words ‘gymnastics’ and ‘gymnasium’ come from.

 

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