An athlete who became a legend at the ancient Greek Olympics was Milo of Kroton. A wrestler, Milo wore the winner's laurel wreath six times.
Milo continued to practice the sport till he was well over 40 years old. He enjoyed displaying his strength. He would clasp a pomegranate in his hand and challenge spectators to take it from him. Though he held the fruit tightly, it used to remain miraculously undamaged. Sometimes, he would stand on a greased iron disc and invite people to push him off it.
Milo met a tragic end. One day, while walking in the woods, he saw a tree trunk that had just been cut, with wedges driven into the crack to keep it open. He decided to use his hands to separate it further. But when he tried, the wedges flew out and his hands were trapped in the trunk. He was unable to break free and when night fell, a wild animal killed and devoured him.