The Olympics started in 776 B.C. in Greece. Peloponnese is located in the Western area of Greece. This area is known as the island of Pelops. Olympic games tend to take place in Olympia. It makes since that the game is held in Olympia being that the game is referred to as the Olympics. It was common for people to have worship and many other types of religious practices. The Olympics was a way for young people to prove themselves , their strengths and talents as well as their accomplishments. Their religion was always given credit for such glory and success. Zeus being one of the earliest kings, was partly responsible for these games and meetings. http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games has the full story behind the Olympics.