Milo of Crotona

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by John Wood
Milo of Crotona, who lived during the 6th century B.C., was the greatest of the ancient Greek Athletes.

He was a six-time wrestling Champion in the ancient Olympic Games and his strength was legendary.

Milo built his strength with an unusual method: Each day he would carry a new-born calf and, as the calf grew larger, so did Milo’s strength.

Eventually Milo was able to carry a full-grown bull the length of the stadium. The stamp above features Milo holding apart a split tree and was created in honor of the 1924 Olympic Games, held in Paris, France (where Charles Rigoulot won the heavyweight-class gold medal.)

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