Greek Gods and Sport
The gods intersect with sport as PATRONS and through their anthropomorphism as participants and spectators.
Zeus, god of Olympia
Hera. Young women raced during the Heraia (a festival in her honor) at Olympia.
Athena, goddess of Panathenaic festival
Hermes, god of athletes
Poseidon, god of horses and charioteers, also god of Isthmian games
Apollo, god of Pythian games and god of archery
Castor the horseman
Polydeukes, the boxer
Apollo throws discus in story of Hyacinthus
Artemis and her companions (e.g., Atalanta) are runners
Hades carrying off Persephone is a variation on Pelops' chariot race