Milo the Olympic champion
This ancient city was famous for its favourable climate, for the beauty of its women and for its fertile countryside, as well as for the physical strength of its men, including Milo, the most famous wrestler of ancient Greece. In fact, the city eventually went on to boast the highest number of Olympic champions of all Greek cities: according to the proverb, "the last of the Crotoniates is the first of the Greeks." According to legend, Milo left to participate in the Olympics with a calf and reached Olympia with a bull on his shoulders, arousing wonder and clamour, and went on to win numerous competitions.
According to another legend, Milo , having grown old, was travelling through a forest when he came upon an ancient olive tree sacred to the goddess Hera, which was located in front of the her temple, the ruins of which can still be found south of Crotone on the promontory of Capo Colonna, Hera Lacinia. The wrestler placed his hands inside the crack in the hollow trunk in order to break it in half as a final show of strength, but ended up getting stuck and falling prey to a pack of wolves.