Sport: Two Minutes to Glory

(See Cover) Long, long ago, when ancient Greece's local wars were called off so that Greek could meet Greek in the Olympic games, athletes were faddish about food. At one stage, the training-table diet for athletes was fresh cheese at all meals — and nothing else except water. Then things swung the other way: Milo of Crotona, the greatest wrestler of ancient times, ate an entire ox at a single sitting.

Last week, some 2,000 years later, Olympic athletes in London were still talking about food. At Uxbridge, where 289 U.S. Olympic athletes were...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!