The biggest influence on me concerning the Olympic games would be the comic "Asterix at the Olympic Games" by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (1968), which apparently satirized the use of performance enhancing drugs by athletes, an issue that was recognised by the Olympic games committee in 1968 and attempted to police, the first banned substance identified by the IOC was ethanol in a pentathelete but as analytical methods improved further substances were identified over time . The earliest proof of this issue was at the 1960 Rome Olympic games when Danish cyclist Knud Emarch Gensen fell from his bike and later died, he was found in autopsy to have high levels of amphetamine which is stated as causing him to loose consciousness during his race. I was oblivious to these issues as a kid and felt sorry for the Romans who got trashed by the Gauls due to the deus ex machina of Getafix's potion (I also now get the joke name), despite all the effort the Romans put in. Incidentally the "Asterix" comics pretty much were my first exposure to ancient history as well, such as it is.
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Goscinny, Rene & Uderzo, Albert. (1968). Asterix at the Olympic Games. Published by Orion.
Toohey, K & Veal, A.J. (2007). The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective. Published By CAB international. Pages 9 to 24.