Pelops was a very handsome young man and the king's daughter fell in love with him.
Before the race, she persuaded her father's charioteer Myrtilus to replace the bronze axle pins of the king's chariot with wax ones.
The ancient Olympics had fewer events than the modern games, and only freeborn Greek men were allowed to participate, although there were victorious women chariot owners.
As long as they met the entrance criteria, athletes from any Greek city-state and kingdom were allowed to participate, although the Hellanodikai, the officials in charge, allowed king Alexander I of Macedon to participate in the games only after he had proven his Greek ancestry.
The earliest myths regarding the origin of the games are recounted by the Greek historian, Pausanias.
According to the story, the dactyl Heracles (not to be confused with the son of Zeus and the Roman god Hercules) and four of his brothers, Paeonaeus, Epimedes, Iasius and Idas, raced at Olympia to entertain the newborn Zeus.
Pelops was proclaimed the winner and married Hippodamia.
After his victory, Pelops organized chariot races as thanksgiving to the gods and as funeral games in honor of King Oenomaus, in order to be purified of his death.
Sculptors and poets would congregate each olympiad to display their works of art to would-be patrons.Alternatively, the games were thought to derive from some kind of vegetation magic or from initiation ceremonies.The most recent theory traces the origins of the games to large game hunting and related animal ceremonialism.He crowned the victor with an olive tree wreath (which thus became a peace symbol), which also explains the four year interval, bringing the games around every fifth year (counting inclusively).Another myth of the origin of the games is the story of Pelops, a local Olympian hero.