The Jungle Olympics

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The Jungle Olympics
Olympics crowd.jpg
First appearance: "The Phantom Trophy"
Created by: Lee Falk and Ray Moore


The Jungle Olympics is a sporting event held every four years where the tribes of Bangalla compete against each other. It is inspired by the Ancient Olympic Games, but with sporting events adapted for jungle conditions.

History

According to the newspaper strip

The Jungle Olympics were started by the Phantom but the question of when they were started is unclear in the Lee Falk stories and differs from story to story. It has been stated to be started four centuries ago by the 1st Phantom The Phantom Trophy, The 17th Phantom or the 18th Phantom (by Great or Great-great Grandfather of the current Phantom) The Jungle Olympics (daily story), 300 years ago Jungle Olympics (daily story), simply years ago The Stolen Trophy or by the 20th Phantom. The Crater


Periodicity of the games is fixed at four years though it has also been said to be annually The Phantom Trophy,for three years The Stolen Trophy or every few years. The Jungle Olympics (Sunday story)


Women participation in the Jungle Olympics started in 1993. The Jungle Olympics (Sunday story)


The most successful tribe of the Jungle Olympics is awarded a ten gallon gold trophy, known as The Phantom Trophy. All participating tribes pay an entrance fee of a coconut filled with precious jewels that are poured into the trophy. The winning tribe is then responsible for guarding the trophy until the next Olympics, but can keep the jewels. It has also been stated that the jewels are contributed by the winning side and belong to the whole jungle. The Phantom Trophy


According to Team Fantomen

The Olympics were started by The 5th Phantom. The Strength of Ten Tigers

Events

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The events of The Jungle Olympics are often based on the events from the Ancient Olympics, but changed to become more dangerous or relevant for the jungle tribes.

Event Description Appearances
Pole vault
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"Jungle Olympics"
"The Stolen Trophy"
"The Jungle Olympics"
"The Jungle Olympics"
"Jungle Olympics"
"The Crater"
Two-mile run
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"The Phantom Trophy"
Hundred-yard dash
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"The Phantom Trophy"
Relay race
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"The Stolen Trophy"
High jump
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"The Phantom Trophy"
"Jungle Olympics"
"The Crater"
High jump over thorns
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"The Jungle Olympics"
Fencing (?)
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"The Phantom Trophy"
Fara-Faru
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"The Jungle Olympics"
Hunting
Olympics hunt.jpg
"The Phantom Trophy"
Olympics huntbigcats.jpg
"Jungle Olympics"
Hunting2.jpg
"The Jungle Olympics"
Elephant tug-of-war
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"The Phantom Trophy"
Flaming arrows
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"Jungle Olympics"
Wrestling
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"The Stolen Trophy"
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"Jungle Olympics"
Indian wrestling
Indian Wrestling.jpg
"The Jungle Olympics"
Gorilla wrestling
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"Jungle Olympics"
Crocodile wrestling
Olympics crocodilewrestle.jpg
"Jungle Olympics"
Bull wrestling
Olympics bullwrestle.jpg
"Wild Olympics"
Broad jump
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"The Phantom Trophy"
Olympics broadjumpcoals.jpg
"Jungle Olympics""
"The Jungle Olympics"
Broad jump quicksand.jpg
"The Jungle Olympics"
Over a pit of poison vipers
"The Stolen Trophy"
"Jungle Olympics"
High Hurdles
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"Jungle Olympics"
Olympics highhurdles.jpg
"The Stolen Trophy"
Olympics hurdlestorches.jpg
"Jungle Olympics"
Low Hurdles
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"The Jungle Olympics"
Steeplechase
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"The Stolen Trophy"
"Jungle Olympics"
Cross-country race
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"The Stolen Trophy"
Canoe
Olympics canoe.jpg
"Jungle Olympics"
Javelin
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The javelin must also be caught by the thrower before it lands.
"Jungle Olympics"
"Jungle Olympics"
"Wild Olympics"
War clubs
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"The Stolen Trophy"
Stick fight
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"Jungle Olympics"
"The Crater"
Swimming
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"Nancy and the Olympics"
Swimming 100 yards dash
Swimming 100 yards dash.jpg
"The Jungle Olympics"
Diving
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"The Jungle Olympics"
Swimming diving
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"Wild Olympics"
Race Competition
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"Wild Olympics"
Marathon race
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"The Jungle Olympics"
Medals ceremony
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"The Jungle Olympics"
The Phantom's final announcements
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"Nancy and the Olympics"

Champions

Obiju and Oongaan receiving The Phantom Trophy.

Llongo were reigning champions when the Olympics were won by Wambesi. However, the trophy had been stolen from the Llongo village by thieves, and replaced with a worthless replica. Wambesi accused Llongo of stealing the trophy, and war almost broke out between the tribes, but the Phantom found the thieves and returned the trophy to its rightful owners. The Phantom Trophy

Wambesi were reigning champions when the trophy was presumed stolen by Oogaan. Rex spotted the real thieves, of which one was Oban of the Oogaan tribe. The winning tribe Llongo prepared to attack Oogaan but the Phantom returned the trophy from the real thieves in time to stop the Llongo warriors. Jungle Olympics

Lugo of Llongo is a champion of the pole vault over fire. Jungle Olympics

Obiju and his Oongaan tribe are notable champions of the Jungle Olympics. The Stolen Trophy Obiju was a competitor for Bangalla at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Takal's Mask

The steeplechase was won by Lookanda of Llongo and the pole vault was won by Wamuttan of Wambesi when Wambesi won the games. Jungle Olympics

Lloni of Llongo won the leap over the wall of fire and Llongo won the games, before Lloni became addicted to drugs and commited crimes. Gooroo's Jungle Muggers

Oonyatto of Oongan was a Jungle Olympics champion. The Snake Goddess

Wambesi were reigning champions the year that women were first allowed to compete in the Jungle Olympics. Wambo of Wambesi was a reigning champion who won several events this year. The mixed couples race ended in a tie with all couples crossing the finish line together. The Jungle Olympics

Waran of Wambesi won the stick fight, the high jump and and the pole vault. The Crater

Behind the Scenes

  • The first story to show the Jungle Olympics was originally published in US newspapers while the 1948 Summer Olympics were taking place in London.
  • "The Jungle Olympics" story was originally published in US newspapers while the 1960 Summer Olympics were taking place in Rome.
  • In the Fratelli Spada story "Wild Olympics", the plot takes place just after the real 1956 Olympics, with Diana and Mr. Walker (The Phantom) sailing back from the Melbourne Games. On board, they are surrounded by several medal winners. The Phantom invites them to attend the Jungle Olympics where they can compete with Bangalla natives. The story was published in 1967, but the creators choose to place the action after the Melbourne Olympics rather than during the following ones, in Rome in 1960 or Tokyo 1964. Even if the story refers to real Olympic events, the names of the portrayed athletes remain purely fictional.
  • "Takal's Mask" was originally published in Sweden one week after the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona had ended.
  • In "The Jungle Olympics", the games are explicitly referred to as the 1993 Jungle Olympics in the strip of September 26, 1993.

Appearances

This list of appearances is considered to be complete, with reservations for the possibility of mistakes.

Daily/Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Phantom Trophy" Falk Moore
"The Jungle Olympics" Falk McCoy
"The Mystery of the Island of Dogs" Falk Barry mentioned
"Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry
"The Stolen Trophy" Falk Barry
"Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry
"Gooroo's Jungle Muggers" Falk Barry mentioned
"The Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry
"The Crater" Falk Olesen, Williams

Team Fantomen stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Takal's Mask" Worker Cruz mentioned
"The Jungle Sayings: The Strength of Ten Tigers" Worker Vallvé

Fratelli Spada stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Nancy and the Olympics"  ? Ferri
"Wild Olympics"  ? Pratesi