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The drums pound and the trumpets sound; the tempo matches the excitement and sense of comradery that is felt throughout the world. The NBC logo is adorned with the five Olympic Rings and everyone knows that the games are about to start. The epic orchestrated theme song has become synonymous with the Olympic games, but many people aren't fully aware of the composition's true origins. Some believe that it is a tribute to Greece mythology, dating back to the original Olympic Games. However, most, have come to believe that John Williams is the sole composer of the piece. While those that believe the latter is on the right track, the prolific composition is the result of two great compositions being melded into one intense, exciting work of orchestrated art.