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Colorado College students compete in old-school Olympics -- in Greece

Fifteen Colorado College students in the class "Naked Olympics - The Spirit of Greek Competition" taught in Greece by Lisa B. Hughes, professor of literature, participated in the Nemea Games 2008 this summer. Hughes and Barry Sarchett, CC professor of English, also competed. The Nemean Games, held in ancient Olympia every four years since their revival in 1996, commemorate the ancient Greek games. The participants, ranging from ages 10 to 80, are not professional athletes, compete barefoot, and are awarded with palm branches and wild celery instead of medals. In this year's events, with more than 500 participants, CC senior Emily Steffen walked away with a first-place celery crown. Pictured here, from left, Sara Roggensack, Steffen, Maya Webber, Giulia Hines and Kallie Pollard swept the first five places in their age group. Steffen, who won the 87-meter (285-f,oot) race, was featured in a USAToday.com blog about the games. In the second photo, CC students train for their events.