Sports Stories Reading Comprehension

Free printable reading comprehension passage with a sports theme. Print for offline use or test comprehension with the online quiz. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up

Ancient Greek Olympic Idols

At the modern Olympic Games, the first, second and third place athletes are rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. At the Ancient Greek Games, there was only ONE winner. The winner's prize was an olive branch wreath or crown which was placed on the winner's head.

The ancient Olympics combined sporting events with a religious festival to honor the Greek god, Zeus. Zeus was the king of the gods of Mount Olympus.

The Ancient Greeks thought that the gods chose the winning athletes. They believed that the gods had a messenger named Nike. She would fly down to the athletes and inspire them to win.

Only Greek-born men could compete in the games. Women were not even allowed to watch the events.

The winning athlete brought glory to all the people of his home town. When he returned from the Games, he was given a hero’s welcome. Poets would write verses telling of his great win. Sometimes a statue would be built or his picture would be put on coins. People throughout the Greek world would know and remember him for a long time.

Source: Ancient Greek Sports Idols
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At the ancient Greek Games, how many prizes were given per event?
1 The Greek games were held in honor of which god?
Zeus Where did the winner wear the olive branch wreath?
around his waist
around his neck
on his head
on his head Who was Nike?
the god of sports
the person who invented running shoes
a messenger of the gods who helped athletes
a messenger of the gods who helped athletes Both men and women competed in the ancient Greek Games.
It doesn't say in the story.
False Who was Zeus?
the king of Greece
the king of the gods of Mount Olympus
a famous Greek athlete
the king of the gods of Mount Olympus Which of these was NOT done to honor ancient Greek sports heroes?
gave them gold medals
wrote poems about them
built statues of them
gave them gold medals

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